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Mycocomposting of waster paper and the search for the next Biofuel

EPA Grant Number: SU836034
Title: Mycocomposting of waster paper and the search for the next Biofuel
Investigators: Bray ;Jr., James R. , Blasa, Masey , DeLong, Nicolaus , Hausman, Robert , Long, Daniel
Institution: Blackburn College
EPA Project Officer: Lank, Gregory
Project Period: August 15, 2011 through August 14, 2012
Project Amount: $14,728
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2011)
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Energy



To greatly reduce cellulose/lignin waste output by using fungi and attempt to identify fungal strains producing hydrocarbons of interest in biofuel production.


The two objectives of this pilot study go hand in hand. First, we will setup a scale-sized paper composting facility then isolate fungi carrying out the composting to assay hydrocarbon output. The above design will serve as a model of sustainability and research for the people of the community. It is our hope that this model can be adapted worldwide.

Expected Results:

Non-recycled waste paper output will be greatly reduced campus wide. We are hoping to isolate fungi capable of producing hydrocarbons that can be utilized in biofuel production.

Supplemental Keywords:

biodiesel, alternative energy, renewable fuels, environmental engineering, sustainable infrastructure design;

Progress and Final Reports:
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