This page features details of just a handful of the numerous anaerobic fungal related research projects that are currently ongoing worldwide.
Tracking Lignocellulosic Breakdown by Anaerobic Fungi and Fungal Cellulosomes: This is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Division of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) to develop new imaging probes for anaerobic fungi and their multi-enzyme cellulosomes. Specifically, it will enable in vivo, real-time imaging of anaerobic fungal enzymes in action on lignocellulosic substrates.
Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBEI): The JBEI is a U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center (BRC), that is working to develop new strategies for lignocellulosic depolymerization and the production of value-added products. Part of the JBEI research portfolio focuses on characterizing the lignin-degrading capabilities of several strains of anaerobic fungi.
DACH-HiPoAF Project: A team of scientists from Austria, Germany and Switzerland are working closely together combining microbiology, biotechnology and bioinformatics to investigate potential benefits deriving from the biotechnological application of anaerobic fungi.
Fibre Degrading Enzymes: Dr Yanfen Cheng and colleagues at Nanjing Agricultural University are investigating the fiber degrading enzymes in anaerobic fungal genomes. The project involves the cloning and expression of the enzymes (in bacterial or yeast cells) and study of their function, especially their attachment to substrates. This project is funded by a grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
Automating the continuous anaerobic digestion of wheat straw by co-cultures of fungi and methanogens (Auto-Fungan) This EPSRC funded project aims to meet a requirement for the development of an automated lab-scale bioreactor system that is capable of continuously feeding wheat straw to anaerobic fungus-methanogen co-cultures under aseptic conditions. The newly developed system will be used to study microbial growth in a continuous culture system analogous to their native habitat. Additionally, biomethane production will be compared between fungus-methanogen co-cultures and conventional anaerobic digestion consortia.
1000 Fungal Genomes Project: This is project aims to sequence 1000 genomes representative of the whole fungal kingdom, with several anaerobic fungal genomes already available.