Fundamental Knowledge Generation of Organic Solid Waste-Microorganism Interactions [ 2002 - 2004 ]

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Researchers Dr LL Blackall Dr WP Clarke

Brief description The management of organic solid waste is a major global environmental issue, exacerbated by increasing populations and urbanisation. However, there are biological processes (e.g. anaerobic composting) that show excellent potential as the solution to this global problem. We know that the rate-limiting step to biological organic solid waste degradation is the initial hydrolysis process carried out by microorganisms. We will study at a microscale the "organic solid waste surface-microorganism" interactions and compare data from digesters with the rumen which is a highly efficient model solid substrate digestion system. Our generated knowledge will be used in future practical applications.

Funding Amount $315,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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