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ELECTRODE-LINKED MEMBRANE FILTRATION FOR THE RAPID ENUMERATION OF BACTERIA

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
18885
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
18885
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Lynntech, Inc.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South College Station, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: ELECTRODE-LINKED MEMBRANE FILTRATION FOR THE RAPID ENUMERATION OF BACTERIA
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $210,000.00
 

Abstract:

TRADITIONAL METHODS FOR THE ENUMERATION OF BACTERIA ARE SLOW, INEFFICIENT AND LABOR- INTENSIVE. THERE ARE CONSIDERABLE ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO BEING ABLE TO ASSESS THE MICROBIOLOGICAL QUALITY OF FOODSTUFF RAPIDLY, AND THERE IS AN URGENT NEED FOR NEW METHODS. THE RESEARCH WILL FOCUS ON A NEW METHOD FOR RAPID DETERMINATION OF BACTERIA IN MILK. BACTERIA FROM RAW MILK WILL BE PRECONCENTRATED ONTO POLYCARBONATE MEMBRANE FILTERS. BACTERIA COUNTING WILL BE ACHIEVED USING HIGHLY SENSITITVE ELECTRODES TO DETECT MICROBE- DEPENDENT ELECTRICAL CURRENTS. THE METHOD WILL BE SENSITIVE BOTH TO LOW CONCENTRATIONS OF BACTERIA (<103 BACTERIA PER ML) TO SITUATIONS WHERE THE METABOLIC ACTIVITY OF BACTERIA IS LOW, AS IS OFTEN THE CASE IN MILK AND FOOD SAMPLES. THE ELECTRICAL SIGNAL FACILITIES AUTOMATEDCOUNTING AND DATA COLLECTION BY MICROCOMPUTER, ALLOWING MANY SAMPLE TO BE COUNTED AT ONCE. COUNTING IS COMPLETE WITHIN 30 MINUTES, NO INCUBATION PERIOD IS REQUIRED AND SAMPLE PRETREATMENT IS MINIMAL. THE CAPITAL COSTS OF THE EQUIPMENT ARE MODERATE. THERE IS A LOW REQUIREMENT FOR LABOR COMPARED TO METHODS USED AT PRESENT; HENCE, THERE WILL BE A CONSIDERABLE COST SAVINGS TO THE USER.

Principal Investigator:

Dr G Duncan Hitchens
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Lynntech Inc.
111 East 27th St Suite 204 Bryan, TX 77803

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No