SBIR Phase I: Phage control of filamentous bacteria - A novel focused antimicrobial approach to counter microbial problems in municipal wastewater systems

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945913
Agency Tracking Number: 0945913
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
11142 Hopes Creek Rd, College Station, TX, 77836
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Neil Summer
 (979) 220-3806
Business Contact
 Neil Summer
Title: MBA
Phone: (979) 220-3806
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I project will develop a phage technology to remediate and control the foam-causing microorganisms at wastewater treatment plants. The research will include isolation of problematic foaming Nocardia species, isolation of phage capable of killing foaming Nocardia, and evaluation of phage clearing of Nocardia in batch culture test systems. This is an important issue in wastewater treatment and the concept of using phage for foam control in waste water systems is innovative. The broader/commercial impacts of the proposed project will be the potential applications of the proposed technology. Activated sludge wastewater treatment processes are common. Problematic foaming caused by excessive microbial growth occurs if the operation conditions are not optimized. The project will allow development of an innovative solution and if successful, should have significant commercial value.

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