Biofuels from Food Waste: Applications of Saccharification using Fungal Solid State Fermentation

Antoine Prandota Trzcinski

September 1, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 125 Pages - 23 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138093720 - CAT# K34857

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  • Examines the recent developments in ethanol, hydrogen, methane and biodiesel production from food wastes.

  • Compiles the state-of-the-art of the fermentation technologies of food waste for production of platform chemicals.

  • Reviews the potential of food waste to obtain high titres of industrial enzymes such as amylases, cellulase, pectinases, proteases, and lipases.

  • Outlines the best techniques for fermentation of breads, cafeteria waste, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, and more.

  • Discusses solid state fermentation (SSF) and high-efficiency hydrolysis of mixed food wastes.


According to the UN's Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO), one third of food produced globally for human consumption (nearly 1.3 billion tons) is lost annually. Food waste has often been incinerated with other combustible municipal wastes for possible recovery of heat or other forms of energy, however, incineration is not cost-effective, and can cause air pollution. Due to its organics- and nutrient-rich nature, food waste could be viewed as a useful resource for production of high-value platform chemicals through fermentation. This book examines the bioconversion of food wastes to energy and the recent developments in ethanol, hydrogen, methane, and biodiesel production from food wastes.


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