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Biological engineering of waste into functional fungal mycelial composites and leather

Numerous residues from agriculture and the urban lifestyle comprise of carbon polymeric chains that are accessible to fungi. Fungi grow on and within these structures and can generate a bound matrix that has notably different properties.This project aims to take a waste material and repurpose it using fungal mycelial mats to penetrate and bind the organic compounds. These can be used directly as packing material or internal building materials.The project will also strive to generate aerial mycelia, which will be …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)

Production of medicinal compounds from mushroom species cultured in solid state fermentation

Australia generates thousands of tonnes of organic waste residues related to agriculture (e.g. sugar and cotton industries). These are generally unsuitable as bacterial growth substrates, but can be utilised by fungi.Fungi have developed an array of enzymes that allow them to access cellular building blocks and energy stored in recalcitrant carbon or ligno-cellulosic/hemi-cellulosic waste material.The aim of this project is to harness the fungi’s ability to access this carbon and generate fungal biomass (mycelia and fruiting bodies) that contain medicinal …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)

Microbial colonisation of the insoluble components of low- and high-quality fodder

The nutritional quality of fodders, a type of animal feed, varies widely. It's not clear whether the mechanism by which microorganisms in the rumen break down the fibre in low-quality, medium-quality, and high-quality fodders also varies.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)

Forced saving: a comparative analysis of mandatory retirement funding schemes in Australia and Hong Kong

Population ageing has necessitated the need for governments in different parts of the world to implement reform in retirement saving policy to lessen reliance on publicly funded retirement benefits.In addition to voluntary savings encouraged through concessional tax treatment, employment-related compulsory retirement saving schemes are mandated in a number of jurisdictions. While the Australian government legislated the superannuation guarantee (SG) scheme in 1992, nearly a decade later the Hong Kong government implemented the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme.There is a range …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
School
School of Accountancy
Research centre(s)

Blockchain's application to infrastructure funding

While Blockchain's application as a cryptocurrency is relatively well-known, its application to broader business applications is often misunderstood or underestimated. As an 'incorruptible digital ledger of ... transactions that can be programmed to record ... virtually anything of value' (Tapscott & Tapscott, 2016), this technology holds the potential to radically simplify how business opportunities are funded and controlled. This research seeks to understand how the block chain may be used to improve infrastructure funding and control by developing a model …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
School
School of Accountancy
Research centre(s)

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