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EPSRC Innovation Fellowship: Automating the continuous anaerobic digestion of wheat straw by co-cultures of fungi and methanogens (Auto-Fungan)

Abstract

This project aims to meet a requirement for the development of an automated lab-scale bioreactor system that is capable of continuously feeding wheat straw to anaerobic fungus-methanogen co-cultures under aseptic conditions. The newly developed system will be used to study microbial growth in a continuous culture system analogous to their native habitat. Additionally, biomethane production will be compared between fungus-methanogen co-cultures and conventional anaerobic digestion consortia.

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Funding Body

EPSRC

Lead Organisation

Harper Adams University

Partners

University of York UK, University of California Santa Barbara US & Nanjing Agricultural University China

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