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Monday, January 16, 2012

A PhD thesis on magic fungi

People have consumed the resources in the world for thousands of years and produced wastes. But, why we still have the resources? The fact is that the good bugs (bacteria and fungi) together with plants and animals recycle the materials we consume!

Zygomycetes are among the fungi that are relatively unknown. We have worked with these fungi since 1999, and are getting more and more interested. These fungi are saprophytes (means they like wastes to grow on), and produce many products such as ethanol, lactic acid, fumaric acid, etc., they produce different types of enzymes, while their biomass is also usefull. Hunders of million people in Indonesia have eaten these fungi every day in form of a food named tempe for hundreds of years. In addition, these fungi are good as fish feed or animal feed. They are probably one of the best friends to human, without we know about it!

We had previously several PhD theses on these fungi and now it is time for Patrik Lennartsson, to see if these fungi can help him to get a PhD :)

Patrik defends his thesis on 9 Februari this year.

Here is his thesis and some published articles and the link to download them:

PhD Thesis:
Zygomycetes and cellulose residuals: hydrolysis, cultivation and applications

1-Effects of different growth forms of Mucor indicus on cultivation on dilute-acid lignocellulosic hydrolyzate, inhibitor tolerance, and cell wall composition

2-A pilot study on lignocelluloses to ethanol and fish feed using NMMO pretreatment and cultivation with Zygomycetes in an airlift reactor

3-Spent sulphite liquor for cultivation of an edible Rhizopus sp.

His other articles are on the way to be published!

(Dark field microscopy photograph of submerged growth of Mucor indicus. Photo by Patrik Lennartsson)

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