An Advance Queensland Innovation Partnership project  - `Biomanufacturing Advanced Animal Feed Supplements' is optimising a fermentation process for a probiotic Bacillus bacterium to produce materials for poultry and cattle feeding trials and future commercial operations. The project aims to generate a low cost and scalable process through development at lab scale and at 1000 L and 10,000 L fermenters at the QUT Mackay Pilot Plant.  Different cell drying processes will be assessed and a range of carrier materials will be tested for maximum stability and lowest cost.  
The project is also optimising production of enzymes such as phytase in fermentation processes at laboratory and pilot scales as well as enzyme separations, drying and carrier incorporation.                    

Poultry and cattle feeding trials will be conducted at the Queensland Animal Science Precinct at the University of Queensland Gatton campus or with partners.  A biology and/or biological product processing and/or bioprocess/biochemical engineering background is required for undertaking the fermentation process project(s) at an Honours, Masters or PhD level. An animal science background is required for feeding/nutrition projects.                                                                                                                                                 

A biology and/or biological product processing and/or bioprocess/biochemical engineering background is required for undertaking the fermentation process project(s) at an Honours, Masters or PhD level. An animal science background is required for feeding/nutrition projects.

Location: Brisbane and Mackay

Project members

Principle Supervisor:

Dr Peter Dart

Honorary Associate Professor
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences