Does the second messenger cAMP have a more complex role in controlling filamentous fungal morphology and metabolite production?

The effect of second messenger cAMP on the physiological aspects of fungal cells such as pigmentation has been reported previously. However, their actual role in the cellular biochemical cascade that eventually affects the fungal growth morphology, such as mycelial pellet formation, is unclear. This article intends to open up the detailed study on the possible […]

  Vegan-mycoprotein concentrate from pea-processing industry byproduct using edible filamentous fungi

Background Currently around one billion people in the world do not have access to a diet which provides enough protein and energy. However, the production of one of the main sources of protein, animal meat, causes severe impacts on the environment. The present study investigates the production of a vegan-mycoprotein concentrate from pea-industry byproduct (PpB), […]

  Production of Edible Fungi from Potato Protein Liquor (PPL) in Airlift Bioreactor

Potato protein liquor (PPL), a side stream from the potato starch industry, is normally used as fertilizer. However, with more than 100 g/L of sugars, 20 g/L of Kjeldahl nitrogen and Chemical Oxigen Demand (COD) of 300 g/L, it represents serious environmental challenges. The use of PPL for fungal cultivation is a promising solution to […]

  Ethanol, feed components and fungal biomass production from field beans (Vicia faba var. equina) seeds in an integrated process

The use of field beans, a non-food leguminous crop, was studied for ethanol, feed components and fungal biomass production. The seeds were hydrolyzed using enzymes or with combination of acid (H3PO4) and alkaline (Ca(OH)2) pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis. Fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with or without removal of suspended solids, yielded 38.3–42.5 g L-1 ethanol (71.3–79.2% […]

  Patenting of microorganisms: Systems and concerns

A patent is a bunch of exclusive rights granted by the state to an inventor or his assignee on satisfying certain conditions. The inventor is given a monopoly right over the product for a fixed number of years in exchange for the public disclosure of certain details of a machine, method or the composition of […]

  Techno-Economic and Life-cycle Assessment of Wastewater Management from Potato Starch Production : Present Status and Alternative Biotreatments

Potato liquor, a byproduct of potato starch production, is steam-treated to produce protein isolate. The heat treated potato liquor (HTPL), containing significant amounts of organic compounds, still needs to be further treated before it is discarded. Presently, the most common strategy for HTPL management is concentrating it via evaporation before using it as a fertilizer. […]

  Heavy metal tolerance potential of Aspergillus strains isolated from mining sites

Increased heavy metal pollution generated through anthropogenic activities into the environment has necessitated the need for eco-friendly remediation strategies such as mycoremediation. With a view to prospecting for fungi with heavy metal remediation potentials, the tolerance of five Aspergillus species isolated from soils of three active gold and gemstone mining sites in southwestern Nigeria to […]

  Heavy metal tolerance traits of filamentous fungi isolated from gold and gemstone mining sites

Increased environmental pollution has necessitated the need for eco-friendly clean-up strategies. Filamentous fungal species from gold and gemstone mine site soils were isolated, identified and assessed for their tolerance to varied heavy metal concentrations of cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), arsenic (As) and iron (Fe). The identities of the fungal strains were determined based […]

  Empirical and experimental determination of the kinetics of pellet growth in filamentous fungi: A case study using Neurospora intermedia

Pellet morphology formation by filamentous fungi has gained a lot of attention because of its multiple benefits such as the ease of separation and smaller bioreactor volume requirement. Most reported kinetics studies on fungal pellet growth are centred on aeration, despite the experimental results pointing to the importance of other factors such as pH, substrates […]

  Filamentous ascomycetes fungi as a source of natural pigments

Filamentous fungi, including the ascomycetes Monascus, Fusarium, Penicillium and Neurospora, are being explored as novel sources of natural pigments with biological functionality for food, feed and cosmetic applications. Such edible fungi can be used in biorefineries for the production of ethanol, animal feed and pigments from waste sources. The present review gathers insights on fungal […]