INSTRUMENTED TEST KIT SYSTEM FOR METABOLIC CHARACTERIZATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF MARINE BACTERIA

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$65,000.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
27403
Agency Tracking Number:
27403
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3938 Trust Way, Hayward, CA, 94545
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Barry R Bochner
(510) 785-2564
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
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Abstract
THERE IS A GROWING RECOGNITION OF THE NEED TO CARE FOR OUR OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS AND TO PREVENT OR AT LEAST MINIMIZE CHEMICAL POLLUTION INTRODUCED BY MAN. MARINE BACTERIA PLAY A KEY ROLE BY INITIATING THE RECYCLING METABOLIC FOOD CHAIN OF THE OCEANS. HOWEVER, OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THESE ORGANISMS, THEIR DIVERSITY, TAXONOMY, AND METABOLIC CAPABILITIES, IS STILL AT A RUDIMENTARY LEVEL. RESEARCHERS ARE DEVELOPING A SIMPLE AND RAPID INSTRUMENTED SYSTEM FOR CHARACTERIZING AND IDENTIFYING A BROAD RANGE OF HETEROTROPHIC, MESOPHILIC MARINE BACTERIA OR MIXED POPULATIONS OF MARINE MICROORGANISMS. THE SYSTEM IS COMPOSED OF MICROPLATE TEST KITS WHICH CAN BE READ AND ANALYZED BY AN EXISTING COMPUTER-CONTROLLED READING INSTRUMENT. A SECOND GOAL OF THE RESEARCH PROGRAM IS TO COLLECT AND ANALYZE DATA ON THE METABOLIC CAPABILITIES OF MICROBIAL POPULATIONS INDIGENOUS TO OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS. THE FUNDAMENTAL SCIENTIFIC INSIGHTS GAINED IN THE STUDY SHOULD AID IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF STRATEGIES FOR PRESERVING, ENHANCING, AND/OR DIRECTING THE METABOLISM OF MARINE BACTERIA FOR PRESERVATION OR RECLAMATION OF MARINE HABITAT.

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