Biofilm Restoration for Contaminated Army Sites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0107
Agency Tracking Number: A2-1301
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
305 West Mercury, Room 303, Suite E P.O., Butte, MT, 59701
DUNS: 028071330
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robin Gerlach
 Assistant Research Professor
 (406) 994-1840
 robin_g@erc.montana.edu
Business Contact
 Will Goldberg
Title: President
Phone: (406) 723-4061
Email: goldberg@cfi-mt.com
Research Institution
 Montana State University
 William Costerton
 Center for Biofilm Engineering 366 EPS Building
Bozeman, MT, 59717
 (406) 994-4770
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Many Unites States Army, and other Department of Defense (DoD) sites, are contaminated with a variety of contaminants including highly energetic compounds, such as 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), chlorinated aliphatics (such as trichloroethylene,TCE) and chlorinated aromatics. These compounds often persist in soil or groundwater for extended periods of time and present a toxicological risk to humans and the environment. During our Phase I research three microbial strains, known to degrade nitroaromatics and other environmental contaminants, were tested for their ability to degrade TNT in pure culture biofilms and as members of a complex biofilm community derived from a TNT contaminated soil. The ability of the pure cultures to form biofilms alone and as part of an undefined, mixed, consortium was compared to the TNT degradation ability of the soil biofilm consortium alone. While Phase I research was focused on the model contaminant TNT, Phase II investigations will be extended to other DoD contaminants of concern and will be performed at increasingly larger scale, including column experiments and and meso-scale reactors with contaminated soils from DoD sites.

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