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Environmental Biotechnology CRC funding

MLA and AMPC are industry partners in the CRC and contribute funds to assist the aims of the CRC. This funding has allowed capacity to be built for blue sky and fundamental environmental research on environmental threats and opportunities in meat processing. The annual contribution has been in the form of core funding - in that it is not allocated to specific projects, but rather is used to support all the activities of the CRC.

The key technology areas being developed through the EBCRC with applications for the Australian red meat industry are;

  • Biofilm management

  • Cleaning of surfaces, particularly food handling surfaces

  • Biofilm control in water and manufacturing pipes

  • Membrane cleaning Aerobic granulation

  • Rapid aerobic digestion of high strength wastes

  • Minimisation of sludge production and improved dewatering Anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery

  • Sludge digestion - small to medium scale systems, including energy recovery

  • Nitrogen and phosphorus removal and recovery for re-use

  • Integrated biosystems for conversion of nutrients to protein meal Odour control

  • High rate odour decomposition using selected bioactive organisms/enzymes on inert substrates

  • Rapid detection of contaminants

  • Field/production site determination of water microbial contaminants - under 1 hour

  • Field/production site determination of high risk pathogens in food/air processing - under 2 hours

  • Manufacture of specialised kits for rapid field or production site, non-laboratory, detection

All these are centred on key technologies that EBCRC has patented or is in the process of patenting or for which it has proprietary knowledge. AMPC members have or are participating in many of the programs and there is potential benefit to members of the red meat industry in all the above projects.

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