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Dr James Strong
Research Fellow
Faculty of Science,
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Discipline *
Industrial Biotechnology, Environmental Engineering, Microbiology
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PhD (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)


Fermentation, Bioprocessing, Fungi, mycology, bioremediation, bioactive, metabolites, biomass, enzymes, biodegradation

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


I have a background in chemistry, microbiology and biotechnology and am interested in applied research that provides solutions to problems and improves or integrates processes. I have conducted academic and industrial research. The fermentation processes I have worked on range from enzyme synthesis, fungal and bacterial biomass production, methane generation, volatile fatty acid production, ethanol production, secondary metabolite production to antibody purification, biosolids destruction, denitrification, ammonia removal and wastewater remediation.

I am currently focused on bioconversion of agro-industrial residues and using various carbon and nitrogen sources to produce bacterial probiotic spores, yeast and fungal nutritional supplements for feed or food.

I have a strong interest in mycoprotein synthesis in solid-state and submerged fermentation. I am particularly interested in fungi with regard to residue transformation, protein and DHA and EPA synthesis, mycoremediation of persistent or toxic pollutants, and enzymatic catalysis – in particular, extracellular enzymes such as xylanase, protease, amylase and laccase.

I am also interested in a subset of methylotrophs called methanotrophs – which can use methane as their sole source of carbon. This research is for value addition (amino acids and osmo-protectants) and also mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

This information has been contributed by Dr James Strong.


Some of the papers I have authored include:

  1. X Yang, H Wang, PJ Strong, S Xu, S Liu, K Lu, K Sheng, J Guo, L Che, L He, YS Ok, G Yuan, Y Shen and X Chen (2017) Thermal Properties of Biochars Derived from Waste Biomass Generated by Agricultural and Forestry Sectors. Energies 2017, 10(4): 469.
  2. Strong PJ, Laycock B, Mahamud SN, Jensen PD, Lant PA, Tyson G, Pratt S. (2016) The opportunity for high-performance biomaterials from methane. Microorganisms. 3;4(1): E11. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms4010011.
  3. Strong PJ, Kalyuzhnaya M, Silverman J and Clarke WP (2016) A methanotroph-based biorefinery: potential scenarios for generating multiple products from a single fermentation. Bioresource Technology, 215: 314-323.
  4. Strong PJ, Xie S and Clarke WP (2015) Methane as a resource: can the methanotrophs add value? Environmental Science & Technology. 49(7): 4001–4018.
  5. Strong PJ, Gapes DJ (2012) Thermal and thermo-chemical pre-treatment of four waste residues and the effect on acetic acid production and methane synthesis. Waste Management. 32(9): 1669-77.
  6. Strong PJ (2011) Improved laccase production by Trametes pubescens MB 89 in distillery wastewaters. Enzyme Research. Published online. DOI:10.4061/2011/379176.
  7. Strong PJ, Claus H (2011) Laccase: a review of the past and future in bioremediation. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. 41(4): 373-434.
  8. Strong PJ, McDonald B, Gapes DJ. (2011) Enhancing denitrification using a carbon supplement generated from the wet oxidation of waste activated sludge. Bioresource Technology. 102: 5533-5540.
  9. Strong PJ, Burgess JE. (2008) Fungal and enzymatic remediation of a wine lees and five wine-related distillery wastewaters. Bioresource Technology. 99(14): 6134-6142.
  10. Strong PJ, Burgess JE (2007) Treatment methods for wine-related and distillery wastewaters: a review. Bioremediation Journal. 12(2): 70-87.


This information has been contributed by Dr James Strong.