Iowa team recognized for fungal research

By Susanne Retka Schill | May 09, 2008
Web exclusive posted June 2, 2008 at 10:42 a.m. CST

A team of Iowa State University researchers has won the 2008 grand prize for university research from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Anthony Pometto, Hans van Leeuwen, Mary Rasmussen and Samir Khanal were recognized for their research in developing a fungal process to improve the corn-to-ethanol process. The researchers identified a fungus and process that cleans and concentrates the thin stillage left after distillation, avoiding the energy costs required by the current evaporation technologies used. Besides facilitating the recycling of the enzymes and water in the stillage, the fungus can be harvested as a high protein feed supplement.