Ethanol production from lignocelluloses by zygomycetes (Finished )

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This project aims to develop production from lignocellulosic materials using zygomycetes fungi. These fungi are able to grow on different carbon sources in lignocellulosic and waste materials, including hexoses and pentoses.

Some zymomyteces suchs as Mucor Indicus and Mucor Hiemalis produce ethanol as the main metabolite, while their biomass is a valuable product to be used as e.g. fish feed or could be further processed into superabsorbents.

This project involves investigation on

  • the effect of morphology on growth and sugar and ethanol tolerance of Mucor Indicus.
  • a comprehensive study on different strains of zygomycetes from different genera and species in order to explore their capabilites in assimilating different lignocellulosic sugars, ethanol  productivity and yield, and their tolerance at higher temperatures for possible simultaneous saccharification and fermentation


  • Prof. Mohammad Taherzadeh
  • Patrik Lennartsson
  • Akram Zamani Forooshani