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Articles by Mohd Ali Hassan
Total Records ( 4 ) for Mohd Ali Hassan
  Azhari Samsu Baharuddin , Mohamad Nafis Abd Razak , Lim Siong Hock , Mohd Najib Ahmad , Suraini Abd-Aziz , Nor` Aini Abdul Rahman , Umi Kalsom Md Shah , Mohd Ali Hassan , Kenji Sakai and Yoshihito Shirai
  Problems statement: Lack of information on locally isolated cellulase-producing bacterium in thermophilic compost using a mixture of Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) and Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) as composting materials. Approach: The isolation of microbes from compost heap was conducted at day 7 of composting process where the mixture of composting materials consisted of 45.8% cellulose, 17.1% hemicellulose and 28.3% lignin content. The temperature, pH and moisture content of the composting pile at day 7 treatment were 58.3, 8.1 and 65.5°C, respectively. The morphological analysis of the isolated microbes was conducted using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Gram stain method. The congo red test was conducted in order to detect 1% CMC agar degradation activities. Total genomic DNAs were extracted from approximately 1.0 g of mixed compost and amplified by using PCR primers. The PCR product was sequent to identify the nearest relatives of 16S rRNA genes. The localization of bacteria chromosomes was determined by Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) analysis. Results: Single isolated bacteria species was successfully isolated from Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB)-Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) compost at thermophilic stage. Restriction fragment length polymorphism profiles of the DNAs coding for the 16S rRNAs with the phylogenetic analysis showed that the isolated bacteria from EFB-POME thermophilic compost gave the highest homology (99%) with similarity to Geobacillus pallidus. The strain was spore forming bacteria and able to grow at 60°C with pH 7. Conclusion: Thermophilic bacteria strain, Geobacillus pallidus was successfully isolated from Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) and Palm Oil Mil Effluent (POME) compost and characterized.
  Alawi Sulaiman , Zainuri Busu , Meisam Tabatabaei , Shahrakbah Yacob , Suraini Abd-Aziz , Mohd Ali Hassan and Yoshihito Shirai
  Problem statement: A 500 m3 semi-commercial closed anaerobic digester was constructed for Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) treatment and methane gas capture for renewable energy. During the start-up operation period, the Volatile Fatty Acids (VFA) accumulation could not be controlled and caused instability on the system. Approach: A settling tank was installed and sludge was recycled as to provide a balanced microorganisms population for the treatment of POME and methane gas production. The effect of sludge recycling rate was studied by applying Organic Loading Rates (OLR) (between 1.0 and 10.0 kgCOD m-3 day-1) at different sludge recycling rates (6, 12 and 18 m3 day-1). Results: At sludge recycling rate of 18 m3 day-1, the maximum OLR was 10.0 kgCOD m-3 day-1 with biogas and methane productivity of 1.5 and 0.9 m3 m-3 day-1, respectively. By increasing the sludge recycling rate the VFA concentration was controlled below its inhibitory limit (1000 mg L-1) and the COD removal efficiency recorded was above 95% which indicated good treatment performance for the digester. Two methanogens species (Methanosarcina sp. and Methanosaeta concilii) had been identified from sludge samples obtained from the digester and recycled stream. Conclusion: By increasing the sludge recycling rate upon higher application of OLR, the treatment process was kept stable with high COD removal efficiency. The biogas and methane productivity were initially improved but reduced once OLR and recycling rate were increased to 10.0 kg COD m3 day-1 and 18 m3 day-1 respectively.
  Suraini Abd-Aziz , Gan Siew Hung , Mohd Ali Hassan , Mohamed Ismail Abdul Karim and Noraini Samat
  Solid-State Fermentation (SSF) of Aspergillus niger FTCC 5003 on Palm Kernel Cake (PKC) is a practical approach to upgrade PKC into value added product. Present study was conducted on Aspergillus niger FTCC 5003 growth profile and models that are able to describe the growth in SSF using PKC substrate. Due to the difficulties of separating cell biomass quantitatively from the substrate for SSF systems, indirect method for measurement of cell growth during SSF of PKC by Aspergillus niger FTCC 5003 was studied based on the estimation of glucosamine and protein content. Preliminary relationships between glucosamine and protein contents to fungal dry cell weight (Dw) were developed using simulated homogenous SSF data using glass beads as support materials. Both glucosamine and protein contents were well correlated to the fungal dry cell weight in SSF on support materials for protein and glucosamine, respectively. The equations obtained were used for the estimation of cell biomass profile during SSF of PKC from the data of glucosamine and protein as growth indicator study. The estimated fungal dry cell weight based on protein concentration and β-mannanase activity as metabolic activity for microbial growth were well correlated to PKC dry weight which, indicating that both were suitable marker in describing the growth of A. niger FTCC 5003 in this system. In contrast, estimated fungal dry cell weight based on glucosamine concentration was not suitable to describe the growth of A. niger FTCC 5003.
  Wong Kok Mun , Nor`Aini Abdul Rahman , Suraini Abd-Aziz , Vikineswary Sabaratnam and Mohd Ali Hassan
  In order to optimize the enzymatic hydrolysis of POME solid, the effects of substrate pretreatment using varying concentrations of sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid, crude enzyme from both strains in different ratio and pH reaction were studied. The best experimental conditions found to degrade POME solids were 12 h incubation time, 0.5% (v/v) sulfuric acid pretreatment, crude enzymes mixture from Aspergillus niger EB5 and Trichoderma sp. EB6 (1.75 mL Asp+0.25 mL Tri with the total cellulase activity equal to 14.76 IU) and incubation pH at 5.0. Under these conditions, the reducing sugar concentration reached 23 g L-1 with the hydrolysis yield and productivity at 32% and 1.90 g L-1 h-1, respectively. The bioconversion of POME solid to reducing sugar by the mixture of crude enzyme from the strains was relatively higher by almost 2 folds as compared to commercial cellulase. The results suggested that the crude cellulases mixture from locally isolated fungi has potential for hydrolyzing the abundant agriculture residues from the palm oil industry.
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