Special Issue "Contamination of Fermentation Systems and Methods of Control"

A special issue of Fermentation (ISSN 2311-5637). This special issue belongs to the section "Fermentation Process Design".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Kurt A. Rosentrater
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
Interests: industrial fermentation; industrial microbiology; biofuels; beverage alcohols; distilled spirits; beer
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Throughout human history, carbohydrates have been fermented into alcohols for human consumption, especially for beer, wine, whiskey, and other alcoholic beverages. In recent years, we have also witnessed tremendous growth in the research, development, and commercialization of many biorenewable resources. Starches, lipids, proteins, and fibers can now be utilized to produce a variety of bio-based energy, fuels, products, chemicals, and other renewable materials. Many countries have experienced exponential growth in biofuel production, such as maize- and sugarcane-based ethanol, as well as soy, canola, palm, and other oilseed-based biodiesel. Biochemicals such as succinic acid, muconic acid, triacetic acid lactone, bioplastics such as polylactic acid, glycerol-based bioadhesives, and other bio-based products are increasingly being commercialized as well. Although the science, engineering, and technology of conversion and utilization are progressing, there is a critical need for more detailed studies on fermentation processes, the conditions used, and impacts on final products.

This Special Issue is particularly interested in studies that focus on microbial contamination of industrial fermentation systems, including plant design and operations, preventing microbial contamination, detecting contamination events, methods for identification of microbial contaminants, antibiotic and antimicrobial control of contaminated systems, understanding the competing and inhibitory effects of microbial contaminants vis-à-vis yeast on alcohol production and yield, antimicrobial residues post-fermentation, and the modeling and simulation of contaminated systems.

Contamination control for fermentations is critical whether the system is used for human beverages, biofuels, or other bio-based products.

Prof. Dr. Kurt A. Rosentrater
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Fermentation is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • batch fermentation
  • beer
  • biochemicals
  • bioenergy
  • biofuels
  • bioproducts
  • biorenewables
  • contamination
  • continuous fermentation
  • enzyme kinetics
  • fermentation
  • inhibitors
  • modeling
  • monod kinetics
  • simulation
  • whiskey/whisky
  • wine

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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