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Organic Acid Production via Solid State Fermentation from Lignocellulosic Substrate

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Dr. Andro Mondala


Chemical and Paper Engineering

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Microorganisms such as fungi and bacterial possess the potential to produce platform chemicals and other valuable bio-products. As such, lignocellulosic material such as soybean hulls are being explored as a cheap and sustainable feedstock source. Trichoderma Reesei, Aspergilllus Niger, and Aspergillus Terreus were all cultured via solid state fermentation for direct conversion of soybean hulls to organic acids. All three strains showed acid production, and were able to be co-cultured. The strain Aspergillus Terreus was found to produce succinic and fumaric acid in proportions greater than other strains tested. Co-culturing may improve acid yields.


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