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conversion of agrowaste to functional foods by fungal fermentation

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conversion of agrowaste to functional foods by fungal fermentation


Fungi and yeasts have many applications in drug production, food processing, fermentation (beer, wine and bread), biological control agents, and enzyme technology. However, indigenous Australian fungi have rarely been considered or applied to industrial and even medical applications. The aim of this project is to apply fungal fermentation to agrowaste to produce new functional foods. Fungal strains such as Aspergilus will be grown on sorghum by-products and the resulting amino acids will be identified, purified as functional foods, and tested for biomedical applications such as reduction of obesity using appropriate rat models.

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Research Affiliations
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
  • School of Engineering and Built Environment
  • School of Health and Medical Sciences

Field of Research
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Food Sciences
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health and Health Services

Available Academic Programs
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)

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