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See detailProjet Termitofuel: les termites et leurs symbiontes pour mieux valoriser la biomasse ligno-cellulosique
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 19)

L’exploitation actuelle de la biomasse ligno-cellulosique, extrêmement abondante sur Terre, est liée à la production de déchets relativement peu valorisables. C’est pourquoi le projet TERMITOFUEL étudie ... [more ▼]

L’exploitation actuelle de la biomasse ligno-cellulosique, extrêmement abondante sur Terre, est liée à la production de déchets relativement peu valorisables. C’est pourquoi le projet TERMITOFUEL étudie la digestion du bois chez les termites, grâce à une approche pluridisciplinaire, en vue d’améliorer la production de bioéthanol de seconde génération. Au sein de l’Unité d’Entomologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, l’approche protéomique est employée afin d’identifier les micro-organismes présents dans le tube digestif des termites et caractériser les activités enzymatiques. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the sorption behavior of Hibscus sabdariffa anthocyanins on a macroporous resin
Beye, Cheikh ULg; Souk Tounkara, Lat; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Journal of Food Process Engineering (2013), 36(5), 579-590

The adsorption of Hibiscus sabdariffa sp. anthocyanins onto a macroporous resin was studied in laboratory experiments. The anthocyanin aqueous extracts obtained from the calyces were used in agitated ... [more ▼]

The adsorption of Hibiscus sabdariffa sp. anthocyanins onto a macroporous resin was studied in laboratory experiments. The anthocyanin aqueous extracts obtained from the calyces were used in agitated batch experiments with a macroporous resin. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms of H. sabdariffa anthocyanins on a selected macroporous resin was studied to determine the parameters that have to be optimized to recover the anthocyanins from aqueous extracts of the calyces. The adsorption kinetic experimental data were fit into a pseudo second order kinetic model, which was then used to determine several parameters such as the contact time necessary to reach equilibrium as well as the maximum adsorption capacity. The best fit for the equilibrium adsorption isotherm experimental data was obtained with the Langmuir isotherm model. Based on qualitative and quantitative interpretation of the experimental data, the resin that was tested here appeared to have good adsorption capacity for the anthocyanins even though the necessary time to reach equilibrium was particularly long. Three aspects of the desorption of anthocyanins from the resin were studied: the speed of release of the anthocyanins (desorption kinetics), the extent of the anthocyanin desorption depending on the adsorption contact time and finally, the influence of the mobile phase's characteristics [less ▲]

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See detailSuitability of the Weibull 4-parameters model to predict the induction phase of α-amylase production during red sorghum malting when a steep in dilute NaOH is used prior to a resteep in a Bacillus subtilis-S499 based treatment
Bwanganga Tawaba, Jean-Claude ULg; Benjamin Pondo Kouadio; Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg et al

in Journal of the Institute of Brewing (2013)

In previous studies, Bacillus subtilis has been used to control mould growth during red sorghum malting. The use of this biocontrol in steeping liquor has been optimized with some success and the combined ... [more ▼]

In previous studies, Bacillus subtilis has been used to control mould growth during red sorghum malting. The use of this biocontrol in steeping liquor has been optimized with some success and the combined use of a 0.2% NaOH steep, followed by a resteep in a Bacillus subtilis-based biocontrol, has been proposed. The sharpness and variability of the β-amylase peak and the higher levels of β-glucanase obtained in the presence of B. subtilis cells were highlighted. In this work, the suitability of the Weibull 4 Parameters Model to predict sorghum malt α-amylase activity during the enzyme induction stage of red sorghum germination has been compared with those of a 2nd Order Polynomial Model and a General Linear Model. Results obtained showed that the Weibull 4 Parameters Model could be used to predict α-amylase activity, with significant goodness of fit when compared to the 2nd Order Polynomial Model and to the General Linear Model. The effects of steeping treatment (combined use of 0.2% NaOH and Bacillus subtilis S499 starters) and the germination temperature are presented. When the Bacillus subtilis culture used as a starter was diluted, the treatment efficacy to develop α-amylase activity was lost. This study also showed that the germination temperature affected the α-amylase activity rate increase during the induction phase. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and Cultivation of a Xylanolytic Bacillus subtilis Extracted from the Gut of the Termite Reticulitermes santonensis
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Brognaux, Alison ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2013)

The aim of this work was the isolation of xylanolytic microorganisms from the digestive tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis. The reducing sugars released after the hydrolysis of xylans can be ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was the isolation of xylanolytic microorganisms from the digestive tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis. The reducing sugars released after the hydrolysis of xylans can be further fermented to provide bioethanol. A xylanolytic strain of Bacillus subtilis was isolated from the hindgut of the termite and displayed amylase and xylanase activities. The bacterium was grown on media containing agricultural residues: wheat bran, wheat distiller’s grains, and rapeseed oil cake. Wheat bran led to the highest induction of xylanase activity, although the development of the strain was less fast than in the other media. It was possible to reach maximal xylanase activities of 44.3, 33.5, and 29.1 I.U./ml in the media containing wheat bran, wheat distiller’s grains, and rapeseed oil cake, respectively. Mass spectrometry identified a wide range of xylose oligomers, highlighting an endoxylanase activity. The enzyme was stable up to 45 °C and displayed an optimal pH close to 8. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and cultivation of cellulolytic and xylanolytic bacteria and molds extracted from the gut of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis (3DV.1.14)
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg; Mattéotti, Christel et al

Poster (2013, June)

Biofuel production can be based on the use of agro-residues, consisting in a complex lignocellulosic structure which is not easily hydrolysable. The digestive tract of the termite Reticulitermes ... [more ▼]

Biofuel production can be based on the use of agro-residues, consisting in a complex lignocellulosic structure which is not easily hydrolysable. The digestive tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis contains a diversified microflora able to hydrolyze the wood components. Bacteria, molds and protists form efficient consortia, able to break the lignocellulosic complex by producing enzymes, such as xylanases and cellulases. Our purpose is the isolation of microbial strains from termite guts in order to evaluate their potential for hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials. Termites were fed using different diets chosen to improve the xylanolytic and cellulolytic microflora: wood, microcristalline cellulose (added with lignin or not), α-cellulose (added with lignin or not) and birchwood xylan. Then, dissections were realized to isolate the potential xylanolytic and cellulolytic strains. This approach led us to isolate and to study several strains of bacteria (Bacillus sp. strain CTGx and Chryseobacterium sp. strain CTGx) and molds (Trichoderma virens strain CTGx and Sarocladium kiliense strain CTGx). These microorganisms were able to hydrolyze starch, xylan, cellulose, carboxymethylcellulose, esculin, β-glucan and Whatman® filter paper. They can produce glucose and xylose monomers and oligomers which can be further fermented to produce bioethanol. [less ▲]

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See detailResearch of New Enzyme Producing Strains in the Gut of the Termite Reticulitermes santonensis
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg; Mattéotti, Christel et al

Poster (2013, June)

Termites contain a complex microflora inside of their guts. Inferior termites contain bacteria, mycetes and protists that interact to degrade vegetable components. These strains act as consortia to break ... [more ▼]

Termites contain a complex microflora inside of their guts. Inferior termites contain bacteria, mycetes and protists that interact to degrade vegetable components. These strains act as consortia to break natural materials by secreting various enzymes. Our aim was the isolation and cultivation of microorganisms in order to produce new enzymes that can be further used in green chemistry. Termites were fed with different diets: pinewood, microcristalline cellulose (added with lignin or not), α-cellulose (added with lignin or not) and birchwood xylan. Then, dissections were realized to isolate interesting strains. All the microorganisms were subjected to enzyme assays. That technique allowed us to isolate and to cultivate various strains of bacteria, molds and protists. Three strains of bacteria, two strains of molds and one strain of protist were isolated and displayed different enzymatic activities. The bacteria Bacillus subtilis strain ABGx, Bacillus sp. strain CTGx and Chryseobacterium sp. strain CTGx displayed amylase, cellulase and xylanase activities. The molds Trichoderma virens strain CTGx and Sarocladium kiliense strain CTGx were also able to produce those enzymes. However, the protist Poterioochromonas sp. was found to produce only amylase. In conlusion, the termite gut is a complex culivation medium that provides a habitat for many microorganisms that show interesting enzymatic activities. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of the use of dilute alkaline prior to Bacillus subtilis-based biocontrol steeping and germination conditions on red sorghum malt β-glucanase activities and residual β-glucans
Bwanganga Tawaba, Jean-Claude ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg et al

in Journal of Cereal Science (2013)

Malting is the ideal stage to deal with β-glucans. Their hydrolysis is very important as the diffusion of both hormones and hydrolytic enzymes in the endosperm of germinated grain depend on it. A high ... [more ▼]

Malting is the ideal stage to deal with β-glucans. Their hydrolysis is very important as the diffusion of both hormones and hydrolytic enzymes in the endosperm of germinated grain depend on it. A high malt β-glucanase activity is not a guarantee of an extensive hydrolysis of β-glucans. When Bacillus subtilis is used to control mould growth, red sorghum malt β-glucanase activity (measured using carboxymethylcellulose as the substrate) was improved without significantly affecting the hydrolysis of malt β-glucans. Thus, in order to reduce the residual β-glucans content, soaking in 0.2% NaOH was combined with a biocontrol. Soaking in 0.2% NaOH is recognized as capable of improving grain hydration by opening-up the endosperm cell walls. The combined use of 0.2% NaOH with Bacillus subtilis-based biocontrol treatments during red sorghum malting, leads to malt with increased β-glucanase activity and a significant reduction of residual β-glucans when compared with the 16 h biocontrol steeping without prior steeping in 0.2% NaOH. β-glucanase activity increases with increased germination temperature and time while, conversely, the residual β-glucans content of the malts decreases. Indeed, while the level of β-glucanase was not vastly different between the malts obtained after steeping in distilled water and those obtained after 8 h steeping in 0.2% NaOH followed by 8 h resteeping in distilled water (NaOH+H2O treatment), their residual β-glucans levels differ significantly. Bacillus subtilis-based treatment leads to malt with improved β-(1-3)- and β-(1-4)-glucanase activities without significantly improved malt β-(1-3),(1-4)-glucanase activity. While malts obtained after 84 h germination weren’t significantly different in terms of malt β-(1-3),(1-4)-glucanase activities for all steeping treatments, the use of 0.2% NaOH steeping prior to resteeping led to malts with improved β-glucans content. Combining the steeping in dilute alkaline and biocontrol enables taking advantage of the dilute alkaline effect on residual β-glucans content, due probably to the opening-up the cell walls and the improvement of water uptake, and that of the biocontrol (improvement of β-glucanase synthesis). [less ▲]

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See detailDecommissioned dates: chemical composition and fermentation substrate for the production of extracellular catalase by an Aspergillus phoenicis mutant
Kacem-Chaouche, N.; Dehimat, L.; Meraihi, Z. et al

in Agriculture and Biology Journal of North America (2013)

The recovery of dates downgraded as a fermentation medium for the production of extracellular catalase by Aspergillus phoenicis K30 was studied. Analysis of the chemical composition of pulp and kernel ... [more ▼]

The recovery of dates downgraded as a fermentation medium for the production of extracellular catalase by Aspergillus phoenicis K30 was studied. Analysis of the chemical composition of pulp and kernel flour of dates showed that the pulp had a considerably greater carbohydrate content compared to the kernel (84 vs 2.93% respectively). However, the kernel flour was richer in nitrogen (0.68% vs 0.34), mineral elements (3.63 vs 1.28%) and in essential fatty acids C18: 2 vs C18: 3 than the pulp flour. The soluble extract of the date flour showed that sugars solubilised at 90% consisted of sucrose, fructose and glucose. Therefore, this extract, being an important source of carbon and energy, was used in the current study as a fermentation medium (after supplementation with 20% of corn steep) for the production of extracellular catalase by A. Phoenicis K30. During the course of this fermentation, the biomass was estimated at 18.6 g / L after 72 h of culture, while the maximum concentration of extracellular catalase (47.5 U / ml) was reached at 96 h of fermentation. The mycelium obtained in pellet form is suitable for industrial exploitation of this process. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une intégration du sorgho comme matière première pour la brasserie moderne (synthèse bibliographique)
Bwanganga Tawaba, J.-C.; Ba, K.; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(4), 622-633

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See detailSymbiont Diversity in Reticulitermes santonensis (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): Investigation Strategy Through Proteomics.
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Millet, Catherine ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg et al

in Environmental entomology (2013), 42(5), 882-7

The complex microbial community living in the hindgut of lower termites includes prokaryotes, flagellates, yeasts, and filamentous fungi. Many microorganisms are found in the termite gut, but only a few ... [more ▼]

The complex microbial community living in the hindgut of lower termites includes prokaryotes, flagellates, yeasts, and filamentous fungi. Many microorganisms are found in the termite gut, but only a few are thought to be involved in symbiotic association to participate in cellulose digestion. Proteomics provides analyses from both taxonomical and functional perspectives. We aimed to identify symbiont diversity in the gut of Reticulitermes santonensis (Feytaud), via complementary electrospray ionization associated to ion trap tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis associated to matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis. One specific challenge to the study of lower termites is the relatively few data available on abundant symbiotic flagellates. Analysis based on LC-MS/MS revealed few protein families showing assignments to eukaryotes and the taxonomic origin of highly represented actins could not be established. Tubulins proved to be the most suitable protein family with which to identify flagellate populations from hindgut samples using LC-MS/MS, compared with other protein families, although this method targeted few prokaryotes in our assay. Similarly, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis associated to matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry did not succeed in identifying flagellate populations, but did permit the identification of most of the prokaryotic components of the symbiotic system. Finally, fungi and yeasts were identified by both methods. Owing to the lack of sequenced genes in flagellates, targeting tubulins for LC-MS/MS could allow fingerprints of flagellate populations to be established. Experimental and technical improvements might increase the efficiency of identification of prokaryotic populations in the near future, based on metaproteomic development. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of humic substances on in vitro rooting of alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertn) and birch (Betula pendula Roth)
Tahiri, Abdelghani ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Druart, Philippe et al

Poster (2013)

Humic substances (HS) are organic compounds resulting from the physical, chemical and microbiological transformations of organic residues. Present everywhere in the nature; they are taking part in basic ... [more ▼]

Humic substances (HS) are organic compounds resulting from the physical, chemical and microbiological transformations of organic residues. Present everywhere in the nature; they are taking part in basic functionalities in any ecosystems involving soils, sediments, water and landfills. They are heterogeneous and complex carbon macromolecules. Our study aims to compare the effect of HS from différent sources on in vitro rooting of woody plants. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysicochemical characterization of dextrins prepared with amylases from sorghum malt
Ba, Khady; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg et al

in Stärke = Starch (2013)

Dextrins are partially hydrolyzed starch products which are used in a wide range of applications. Hydrolysis can be performed by acid or enzymatic reaction. However the properties of dextrins are ... [more ▼]

Dextrins are partially hydrolyzed starch products which are used in a wide range of applications. Hydrolysis can be performed by acid or enzymatic reaction. However the properties of dextrins are influenced by the type of reaction and the source of starch. The aim of the present study was to determine physicochemical properties of dextrins obtained from hydrolysis of starches (corn and wheat) and flours (wheat and cassava) by using sorghum malt amylases. Hydrolysis of starches and flours was performed at 65°C, the hydrolysates were centrifuged and spray-dried for analysis. Physicochemical and structure of the powders were investigated. Results showed that the proportion of DP2 (maltose and isomaltose) was higher in dextrins and more in dextrins from wheat flour. Low water activity and low dissolution time were found in all dextrins. XRD patterns revealed that the crystalline structure partially disappeared in some of them. At 30% concentration, we noted a Newtonian behavior for the dextrins. The freeze-concentrated T0 g and the peak melting temperature (T0 m) determined by DSC (DSC) showed lowest values for dextrins from wheat. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed that the dextrins were quite stable until 200°C. [less ▲]

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See detailMunkoyo : des racines comme sources potentielles en enzymes amylolytiques et une boisson fermentée traditionnelle (synthèse bibliographique)
Foma, Roland Kibwega; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Kayisu, Kalenga et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013), 17(2), 352-363

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See detailInfluence of lignin in Reticulitermes santonensis: symbiotic interations investigated through proteomics
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg et al

in Symbiosis (2013)

The gut of lower termites is populated by numerous microbial species belonging to prokaryotes, fungi, yeasts and protists. These micro-organisms are organized in a complex symbiotic system, interacting ... [more ▼]

The gut of lower termites is populated by numerous microbial species belonging to prokaryotes, fungi, yeasts and protists. These micro-organisms are organized in a complex symbiotic system, interacting together and with the insect host. Their likely ability to degrade ligno-cellulosic compounds could lead to improvements in second generation biofuels production. Lignin elimination represents a critical point as this polymer significantly interferes with industrial process of cellulose. Although host produces its own lignin-degrading enzymes, some symbionts may participate in digestion of lignin and its degradation products in termite gut. Here, we compared gut proteomes from R. santonensis after rearing on artificial diets composed of cellulose with and without lignin. The effect of lignin in artificial diets on different parts of the digestive tract was compared through liquid chromatography associated with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) experiments. Enzymatic assays were performed to characterize activities present in R. santonensis digestive tract after feeding on artificial diets. Microscopic observations of microbial communities provided some information on population balances after feeding experiment. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrolysis of starches and flours by sorghum malt amylases for dextrins production
Ba, Khady ULg; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Tine, Emmanuel et al

in European Food Research & Technology (2013)

Corn and wheat starches as well as wheat and cassava flours were hydrolyzed using sorghum malt at 65 °C for 6 hours. During these reactions, dextrose equivalent (DE) values were followed under 3 ... [more ▼]

Corn and wheat starches as well as wheat and cassava flours were hydrolyzed using sorghum malt at 65 °C for 6 hours. During these reactions, dextrose equivalent (DE) values were followed under 3 concentrations of sorghum malt and of calcium chloride. Wheat flour presented the highest DE values and cassava flour had the highest hydrolysis yield. Thus, different dextrins were produced in a pilot plant and were analyzed by HPSEC and HPAEC-PAD for their molecular weight distribution and oligosaccharides composition respectively. The results indicated that oligosaccharides with broad molecular weight distributions were present in the dextrins produced and that the proportion of maltose was very high. [less ▲]

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