Investigating Fungal Degradation of Switchgrass In a Controlled Storage Environment
2015 USDA-NIFA Integrated Award
Principal Investigators and affiliations:
PI: Dr. Mark Wilkins (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineeering, Oklahoma State University)
Co-PI: Dr. Danielle Julie Carrier (University of Arkansas)
Co-PI: Dr. Michael Buser (Oklahoma State University)
Co-PI: Dr. Stephen Marek (Oklahoma State University)
Start Date: 3/01/2015
End Date: 08/31/2016
This project seeks to develop conditions and protocols to successfully utilize P. ostreatus fungal pretreatment during storage of switchgrass in square bales.
The following are the expected outcomes:
- Reduced pretreatment severity and energy use while achieving fermentable sugar yields similar to those achieved in previous studies using conventional thermochemical pretreatment methods
- Reduced production of inhibitory compounds compared to previous studies using conventional thermochemical pretreatment methods
- Development of operating parameters and techniques to apply fungal pretreatment during switchgrass storage in a biorefinery setting.