FUNCELL Project Objectives
Objective 1. Isolating a fungal bioactive consortium (bioactivetool). Utilizing cellulose as carbon source capable to transform, biodegrade and deplete tannins and AOXs. The capacity of the fungal candidates to exert their metabolic potential utilizing different substrates for growth, comprising cellulose, will be evaluated both in sterile and non-sterile conditions at bench scale.
Objective 2. For the scaling up of the experimentation, the selected fungal strain will be grown on innovative polyethylene carriers. The carrier will be designed to be exploited in a moving bed bioreactor and to favor fungal growth in the presence of competing bacteria.
Objective 3. Designing and testing a moving bed bioreactor capable of favoring the growth and metabolic activity of the bioactivetool by the exploitation of the innovative carrier in non-sterile conditions where bacteria are usually more competitive.
Objective 4. Designing and evaluating an innovative solution based on a differential respirometer to monitor, control and automatize the system. The technical objective of the project is to set up new advanced and intelligent processes with positive.