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Edible Protein Production by Filamentous Fungi using Starch Plant Wastewater
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1711-7294
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4887-2433
2018 (English)In: Waste and Biomass Valorization, ISSN 1877-2641, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The process to obtain starch from wheat requires high amounts of water, consequently generating large amounts of wastewater with very high environmental loading. This wastewater is traditionally sent to treatment facilities. This paper introduces an alternative method, where the wastewater of a wheat-starch plant is treated by edible filamentous fungi (Aspergillus oryzae and Rhizopus oryzae) to obtain a protein-rich biomass to be used as e.g. animal feed. The wastewater was taken from the clarified liquid of the first and second decanter (ED1 and ED2, respectively) and from the solid-rich stream (SS), whose carbohydrate and nitrogen concentrations ranged between 15 and 90 and 1.25–1.40 g/L, respectively. A. oryzae showed better performance than R. oryzae, removing more than 80% of COD after 3 days for ED1 and ED2 streams. Additionally, 12 g/L of dry biomass with protein content close to 35% (w/w) was collected, demonstrating the potential of filamentous fungi to be used in wastewater valorization. High content of fermentable solids in the SS sample led to high production of ethanol (10.91 g/L), which can be recovered and contribute to the economics of the process.

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Springer Netherlands , 2018. p. 1-10
Keywords [en]
Bioethanol, Filamentous fungi, Fungal biomass, Wastewater treatment
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Other Industrial Biotechnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-14846DOI: 10.1007/s12649-018-0265-2Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85042924369ISBN: 18772641 (ISSN) OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-14846DiVA, id: diva2:1236337
Available from: 2018-08-01 Created: 2018-08-01 Last updated: 2018-08-30
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1. Fungi-based biorefinery model for food industry waste: progress toward a circular economy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fungi-based biorefinery model for food industry waste: progress toward a circular economy
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The food industry, one of the most important industrial sectors worldwide, generates large amounts of biodegradable waste with high organic load. In recent years, the traditional management methods to treat this waste (e.g., landfilling) have been considered not suitable because they do not exploit the potential of the waste material. Alternatively, valorization of food industry waste via a biorefinery model using filamentous fungi is considered to represent an attractive strategy because it minimizes the negative impacts while recovering the nutrients and energy of the waste, in accordance with the concept of the circular economy.

In this thesis, four food processing wastes were utilized as case studies: potato protein liquor (PPL, the soluble fraction of potato starch production waste), the peels wasted during orange juice production, the starchy byproduct of pea protein processes, and the wastewater of a wheat-starch plant. Rhizopus oryzae, a zygomycetous filamentous fungus, was grown with these wastes as a substrate, yielding biomass containing 43% (w/w) protein together with 51% removal of the chemical oxygen demand when cultivated in tenfold-diluted PPL. Moreover, protein-rich biomass was produced using the pea-processing byproduct (55%) and wheat-starch wastewater (51%). In contrast, cultivation in orange peel extract yielded a biomass rich in lipids (20%). The use of PPL was also studied in terms of the economy of fungal cultivation. The biotreatment was found to require only 46% of the capital investment necessary for treating PPL by the traditional strategy (application as fertilizer). In comparison, the ascomycetous fungus Aspergillus oryzae yielded superior results compared to those of R. oryzae when grown in the starchy residues. The high protein content of the fungal biomass encouraged the investigation of its use for bioplastic production. The addition of 20% fungal biomass in a pectin matrix increased the tensile yield of the film and reduced the elongation at break. Moreover, a positive effect on water vapor permeability of the film was also observed.

These results indicate the ability of the filamentous fungi to convert resources wasted by the food industry into new products with positive impacts on the economy and the environment.

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Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2018
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Skrifter från Högskolan i Borås, ISSN 0280-381X ; 89
Keywords
filamentous fungi, circular economy, biorefinery, food industry, fungal biomass, bioplastic, resource recovery
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Other Industrial Biotechnology
Research subject
Resource Recovery
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urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-14888 (URN)978-91-88838-00-1 (ISBN)978-91-88838-01-8 (ISBN)
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2018-09-25, 310, University of Borås, Allégatan 1, Borås, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-08-30 Created: 2018-08-07 Last updated: 2018-11-26Bibliographically approved

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