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Research and Development (R&D) Projects


Completed Projects 

Year 2016

  • Microbial based technologies for the rehabilitation of heavy metal contaminated waste water from mining site (NRCP funding)
  • Application Studies of Nanozeolite in Water/Wastewater Treatment
    Study 2: Competitive Sorption and Removal of Heavy Metals from Aqueous Solution using Locally Mined Zeolite
  • Scale up Production and Application Studies of Nano Precipitated Calcium
    STUDY 6: Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Wastewater Using Bio-sorbent Chitosan-Calcium Carbonate Composite
  • Biotechnology Interventions in the Production of Pigments from Modified Starch Using Monascus sp
    Study 1: Strain Improvement of Monascus Purpureus and Preparation of Liquid Inoculant using Modified Starch for Production of Food Colors
  • Biotechnology Interventions in the Production of Pigments from Modified Starch Using Monascus sp
    STUDY 2: Comparative Optimization Study on the Use of Modified Cassava Starch and Rice Starch as Monascus spp. as Culture Substrates for Pigment Production use
  • Treatment of Modified Starch Processing and Post-Consumer Polymeric Wastes
    Study 4: Pilot-Scale Aerobic Treatment of Wastewater from Modified Starch Processing using Novel Locally-Isolated Bacterial Strains
  • ITDI Solid Waste Management: Study 1. Waste Analysis and Characterization Study and Industrial Design Improvement of Bioreactor
  • ITDI Solid Waste Management: STUDY2: Information, Education, and Communication Campaign (IEC) and Development of Electric Plastic Densifier

Year 2015

  • Design of CO2 Capture System Utilizing Molecular Sieve Membrane Technology
    Sub-project 2: Utilization of Nanozeolite in Anaerobic Digestion to Enhance Biogas Production
  • Oil Spill/Sheen Remediation Using Nano-Engineered Adsorbents and Composites: A.  Field Testing of Surface Modified Zeolite for Oil Sheen Decontamination
  • Oil Spill/Sheen Remediation using Nano-engineered Adsorbents and Composites b.  Field-testing of Chitosan CaCO3 for Oil-Spill Remediation
  • Treatment of Modified Starch Processing and Post-Consumer Polymeric Wastes
    A:  Aerobic Treatment of Wastewater from Modified Starch Processing using Novel Locally-Isolated Bacterial Strains
  • Treatment of Modified Starch Processing and Post-Consumer Polymeric Wastes
    B:   Determination of the Aerobic-biodegradation of Polymeric Materials under Controlled Composting Condition
  • Treatment of Modified Starch Processing and Post-Consumer Polymeric Wastes
    C:  Isolation, Characterization and Validation of Microorganisms for Bioremediation of Wastewater from Modified Starch Production & Biodegradation of Plastic Additives
Year 2014
  • Pilot-Scale Treatment of Distillery Wastewater  using Anaerobic Sequencing Batch Reactor (ASBR) a) Distillery
  • Pilot-Scale Treatment of  Wastewater  using Anaerobic Sequencing Batch Reactor (ASBR) b)  Meat Processing
  • Development of a Small Scale in-Vessel Composter for Biodegradable Solid Waste
  • Development of a Compact Wastewater Treatment System Enhanced with Bio-Augmentation Technology for Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs)
Year 2013
  • Microbial Community and Biochemical Profiling for Microbial Augmentation and Development of Quality Indicators for Cacao Fermentation and Processing
  • Setting-up of Sewage Treatment plant in the DOST Bicutan Compound
  • Isolation of Beneficial Microbes for the Biodegradation of Animal and Plants Oil Fast Foods Wastewater Effluents
  • Technological Intervention in the Cacao Industry

 Year 2012

  • Garbage/Waste Disposal Biogas and Composite Materials from Household Wastes (Pilot Scale Biomethanation of the Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (OFMSW) for Energy Production)
  • Establishment of Demonstration Facility of Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Treated Wastewater Recycling in the Swine Industry
  • Development of Biocide, Salt and Heavy Metals Resistant Aerobic Microbes for the Treatment of COD and BOD Tannery Wastewater
  • Assessment of Potentially Non-Environmentally Acceptable Products/Packaging
  • Bench-Scale treatment of Industrial Wastewater Using  ITDI Isolated Microbes
  • Conduct of Third National PCDD-PCDF Inventory in the Philippines
  • Establishment of Emissions Factors and Verification of Environmental Technology for Selected Sources in the Philippines
  • Bioremediation of Mercury Contaminates Sites in ITDI
  • Treatability Study of Wastewater Generated from ITDI Laboratory
  • Development of a Bench Scale Two Stage for Biogas Production from Swine Wastes Effluent

Year 2011

  • Development of an Immobilized Titanium Dioxide Photocatalyst for Water Treatment
  • Field Testing of Clay-Based Solidification Process on Leather Tannery Waste Sludge
  • Ceramic Clay Products from Solidified Leather Tannery Waste Sludge
  • In-Vessel Treatment of Tannery Sludge using the ITDI Bioreactor Composting Technology
  • Microbial Removal of Residual Chromium from Tannery Wastes under Anaerobic Conditions
  • Anaerobic and Aerobic Treatment of Wastewater from the Leather Tanning Industry using a UASB Reactor and Activated Sludge System
  • Development of 2-stage Process for Biogas Production from Swine Waste Effluent
  • Molecular Identification of EBD- developed and isolated microbial strains
  • Semicontinuous Production of Microalgae using Swine Wastewater
  • Plant Wastewater Recovery and Reuse at the Valenzuela Tannery Corporation:  Design of Wastewater treatment Facility (Formerly:  Wastewater re-use/Recycling in Leather Tanneries)
  • Field Testing of D-I-Y Portable Biogas Digester
  • Genetic Manipulation of Saccharomyces crevisiae for Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation (SSF) of Starchy materials
  • Preparation of the Environmental Performance Report and Management Plan
  • Application of DOST-ITDI Bioreactor Composting Technology to Mango Processing Wastes

 Year 2010

  • Improvement of Fixed Dome Biogas Digester System Design for Swine Waste Management
  • Improvement of the Portable Biogas Digester for Households and Backyard Piggeries
  • Design and Development of a Local Flaring System for Biogas Digesters with Surfeit Methane Gas
  • Development of Improved Technology for Biogas Electricity Generation
  • Improvement of Production and Waste Management Practices of Leather Tanneries Through Cleaner Production/Energy Efficiency
  • Anaerobic Treatment of Wastewater from the Leather Tanning Industry Using a UASB Reactor
  • Solidification of chromium-Bearing Residual Wastes from Leather Tanning Industry
  • Production of Leather Boards from the Chromium-Containing Solid Waste of the Leather Tanning Industry
  • Development of  Photocatalytic Reactor for Treating Synthetic Organic Dyes in Water
  • Microalgae for Wastewater Treatment and Biomass Production
  • Improvement of Existing DOST-assisted Biogas Digester

 Year 2009

  • Microbial Decolorization of Natural Dyes in Textile and Fiber Production Effluents
  • Anaerobic Treatment of Industrial Wastewater using a Pilot Scale AFBBR
  • Development of Biosorbent Materials for the Adsorption of Heavy Metal from Metal Bearing Effluent
  • Cleaner Production Trainers' Training for DOST Regional Offices
  • Building of Regional Capabilities on Cleaner Production 

Year 2008

  • Production and Storage Studies of High Quality Methane Gas in a Biogas Digester for Electricity Generation using Pilot Scale Multi-Layered Scrubber
  • Establishment of the DOST Cpd. as CO2 Sink for Global Warming Mitigation in the Area of Taguig City and Paranaque City in Metro Manila
  • Establishment of a Commercial Scale Model Anaerobic Filter Bed Baffled Reactor (AFBBR)
  • Bench-Scale Production of Marine Microalgae for Biofuel Feedstock
  • Application Testing of Ferric-Reducing Bacteria in Wastewater
  • Field Testing Facility for Microbial Removal of Chromium Compounds of Tannery Wastes
  • Development of Anaerobic Filter Bed Baffled Reactor for the Treatment of Food Processing Waste-Water and Its Application to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission
  • Reduction of BOD and COD of Industrial Wastewater Using Coal Fly Ash(GIA project)
  • Development of Photocatalytic Reactor for the Treatment of Textile Dye in Wastewater
  • Utilization of Coal Fly Ash for Industrial Wastewater Treatment
    Sub-project: 1.  Reduction of BOD and COD of Industrial Wastewater Using Coal Fly Ash and
                       2.  Synthesis of Zeolites from Coal Fly Ash as Metal Absorbents
  • Development of Bench-Scale Horizontal Screw-type Biogas Digester
  • Purification of Methane from Biogas Digester and Conversion for Electricity Generation

Year 2007

  • Alkali Hydrothermal Synthesis of Zeolites from Coal Fly Ash
  • Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with DOST-NCR
  • Commercialization of Bioreactor and Microbial Inoculant for Specialized Solid Wastes (DOST)
  • Demonstration of the Guidelines on the Assessment of Environmental Impacts of ITDI R&D Projects and Technologies
  • Development of Environmental Management Plans for Meat Establishments
  • Ethanol Production from Sweet Potato
  • Green Framework of Innovative Strategy (GFIS) on Sustainable consumption and Productivity (ICETT Assisted)
  • Microbial Degradation of Waste Effluent Generated from Coconut Methyl Ester (CME) Production Plant
  • Microbial Screening Biodesulfurization of Petroleum Fuels
  • Pilot Plant Scale Microbial Removal of Chromium Compounds from Tannery Wastes
  • Production and Storage Studies of High Quality Methane Gas in a Biogas Digester for Electricity Generation
  • Screening of Microorganisms for Ferric Reduction in Wastewater
  • Treatment of Biodegradable Municipal Solid Waste By Virtual Solid State Biomethanation Process Phase 1:  Laboratory Scale Treatment Using Simulated Waste
  • Installation of EMS in FSSI and Promotion of Environmental Management Technologies to its Members, Partners and Eco-Enterprise Clients
  • Environmental Management System for Small and Medium Scale Virgin Coconut Oil Producers
  • Application of Sediment Quality Guidelines to Tributaries of Pasig River

Year 2006

  • Biofuel Production from Microalgae
  • Establishment of Demonstration Facility for Biogas Technology
  • Commercialization of 5 kl-10 Kl Anhydrous Alcohol Plant
  • Development of a Low-Cost Portable Type Biogas Digester (Floating Drum Biogas Digester)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of ITDI Technologies
  • Capacity Building of Regional Capabilities on Cleaner Production and Energy Efficiency (CBRC) (ICETT Assisted)
  • Cleaner Production (CP) Assessment of Companies Under the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SPIN:06-543-17-07)
  • Development of an Anaerobic Filter Bed Baffled Reactor (AFBR) for Wastewater Treatment (DOST-GIA)
  • Application of Phytase to feed

Year 2005

  • Comparative Study on Removal of Toxic Metals from Synthetic Wastewater Using Natural, Modified and Synthetic Zeolites
  • Development of a Bench-Scale Anaerobic Filter Bed Baffled Reactor (AFBR) for the Treatment of Wastewater from SMEs using Indigenous Packing Materials
  • Second (2nd) National Inventory of Dioxins and Furans (Assisted Project)
  • Bench Scale Microbial Remediation of Industrial Acid Wastes
  • Improvement of Current Processes and Operations in the Manufacture of Muscovado Sugar to Meet Specific Market Requirements (Assisted Project)
  • Utilization of Coco-methyl Ester (CME) as Diesel Fuel Substitute in Romblon:  Environmental and Marketing Aspects (Assisted Project)
  • Design and Fabrication of a Portable Type Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) Reactor for the Treatment of Wastewater Generated by the Coconut Industry
  • Removal of Toxic Metals from Wastewater Using Zeolites Derived from Coal Fly Ash

Year 2004

  • Pilot Production of Nata de Coco by Submerged Process(Integrated with Development of Commercial Nata Starter Production by Submerged Process)
  • Environmental Technology Assessment of ITDI Enterprise Modules
  • Establishment of Treatment Procedures and Design of Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility for the Industry
  • Design, Construction and Start-up Operation of a Full-scale Wastewater Treatment Facility for Syscore, Inc.
  • Wastewater Assessment and Treatment of Industrial Effluents of CENMACO using a Full-scale UASB (Upflow Blanket) System
  • Wastewater Assessment and Treatment of Industrial Effluents of TSB using a Pilot scale Wastewater Treatment Facility

 Year 2003

  • Application of 1 Ton/Day ITDI Community-Based Accelerated Composting Technology at Smokey Mt. Reclamation Project, Phase II: Field Testing of 1 Ton/Day ITDI-DOST Composting Facility
  • Biological Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage
  • Bioremediation and/or Recovery of Residual Oil Spills in Wastewater or Wastewater Effluents, Phase III:  Bench Scale Process for Bioremediation of Residual Oil Spill (formerly DOST-GIA)
  • Bioremediation and/or Recovery of Residual Oil Spills in Water or Wastewater Effluents - Phase II:  Bench Scale Process for Recovery of Residual Oil Spill
  • Development & Improvement of Microbial Inoculant for Calamansi and Mango Wastes
  • Development of Bioreactor 500 kg/day & 300 kg/day Model III
  • Distillery Slops Recycling from Cassava Chips-Based Alcohol Fermentation: A.  Distillery Slops as Alcohol Fermentation Process Water: B.  Production of Animal Feed Concentrate from Distillery Slops
  • Microbial Remediation of Industrial Acid Wastes
  • Municipal Solid Wastes Accelerated Composting R&D and Technology Transfer
  • Pilot Plant Production of Shiitake Mushroom Mycelia by Submerged Culture
  • Pilot Plant Validation Studies on High Temperature Tolerant Agaricus Mushroom spp.
  • Pilot Production of Nata de Coco by Submerged Process
  • Pilot Scale Production of Ethanol in 100L Fermentor from Cassava
  • Production of Bioactive Substance from Ganoderma Lucidum
  • ITDI Solid Waste Management

 

 

LIST OF BIOTECHNOLOGY PROJECTS
RELATED TO FOOD PROCESSING

Year Completed

Project Title

Project Description

Accomplishment

Possible Commercial Application/Future Use

 1

1992

Production of Alkaline Protease

The project aims to produce alkaline protease that can be used for commercial applications such as food, pharmaceutical, leather and detergent industry. Protease are hydrolyzing enzymes capable of degrading proteins into small peptides and amino acids.

Isolated microorganisms for the production of alkaline protease

Alkaline protease produced by isolated microorganism can be used as meat tenderizers for food applications. Aside from its food use, the enzyme product can also be utilized in leather production, raw silk processing and in detergent manufacturing.

2

1992

Microbial Production of Carotenoids

Two carotenoid-producing microorganisms (one having the properties of an Actinomycetes and the other is yeast-like) were isolated from soil using carotene present in carrots and melons as inducers by enrichment.

Characterization of the microorganisms

Carotenoids produced by these microorganisms can be utilized in food, feed and pharmaceutical industries as vitamin A source

3

1994

Production of Microbial Rennin

Rennin, the milk-clotting enzyme presently obtained from the stomach of young calves, were enzymatically produced in the laboratory by a high rennin-producing bacterial mutant.

Produced a microbial rennet, a substitute for animal rennet used in the manufacture of cheese

Rennin produced by the microorganism can be used specifically in cheese manufacturing and in other dairy products

4

2005

Pilot Plant Production of Shiitake Mushroom Mycelia by Submerged Culture

The project involves the production of shiitake mycelia by submerged culture in 100 L fermentor as an alternative to the conventional method of mushroom production using solid substrate

Produced pilot scale shiitake mushroom mycelia

With shiitake mushroom regarded as a high-valued gourmet ingredient, the pilot plant production of this mushroom can be an alternative low-cost, high-yield production option for mushroom farmers

5

2005

Pilot Scale Production of Ethanol in 100 L Fermentor from Cassava

The project aims to develop an alcohol fermentation technology based on cassava starch as an economically viable raw material alternative to molasses based alcohol fermentation processes through reverse engineering and technology integration

Alcohol fermentation technology using cassava-based raw materials as an alternative to molasses-based fermentation

Developed technology can be used and scaled-up by manufacturers producing alcohol for various applciations such as food, pharmaceutical, industrial and biofuel production

6

2006

Pilot Plant Validation Studies on High Temperature Tolerant Agaricus Mushroom spp.

To study the use of standard method of cultivating Agaricus bisporus through improved composted substrate and casing soil application

(1) Culture of Agaricus species revived in agar medium. (2) Modified organic compost. (3) Fruit bodies of Agaricus mushroom grown in organic compost

The developed pilot plant cultivation of Agaricus bisporus mushroom can be an alternative low-cost, high-yield production option for mushroom farmers

7

2006

Production of Nata de Coco by Submerged Process

The project involves scale-up production of nata de coco in stirred fermentor using coconut water and coconut milk as substrate

Technology for large scale production of nata by submerged process

Technology developed in producing nata and nata-based products can be readily available for food processing industries

8

2006

Production of Bioactive Substance from Ganoderma lucidum

Pharmaceutical and biologically-active compounds are expensive products that could be extracted from a range of Basidiomycetes fungi. Most of these compounds, however, are diverse like the organisms that produce them.

Preliminary extraction of bioactive compounds from mycelial biomass and growing medium

Upon further research on the identity of the compounds and optimization of their production, these bioactive substances can be used by food, pharmaceutical and other industries

9

2006

Application of Phytase to Feed

Purified phytase was compared with the commercial phytases and tested on different feed means rich in phytate

Application testing of purified phytase produced by locally-isolated microorganism

The optimized process of phytase production using locally-isolated microorganism can be used as an alternative source of phytase enzyme for animal feeds.

10

2007

Commercialization of 5 kg-10 kg Anhydrous Alcohol Plant

Preparation of commercialization package: engineering design of alcohol plant, validation of Dr. Joson's alcohol fermentation technology, pilot plant fabication and validation of distillation system, integration of other ITDI component/s

Alternative low-cost, low-capacity alcohol technology for the energy sector

Developed technology can be adapted by agricultural sectors in finding other usage of crops and agriwastes, i. e. the production of alcohol as low-cost fuel/fuel-additive

11

2007

Ethanol Production from Sweet Potato

The project aimed in studying sweet potato as an alternative feedstock to molasses in ethanol production. The study involved the hydrolysis of sweet potato through the use of commercial enzyme and its subsequent fermentation into ethanol.

A bench scale process of sweet potato hydrolysis and ethanol production technology

Pilot-scale and full scale development of the technology can be adapted by the agricultural sector in proving other usage of sweet potatoes, i. e., the production of ethanol for food, pharmaceutical, chemical and biofuel applications.