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
Amount:
$200,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0945913
Award Id:
98932
Agency Tracking Number:
0945913
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT.
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
11142 Hopes Creek Rd, College Station, TX, 77836
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Neil Summer
MBA
(979) 220-3806
neil@ecolyse.com
Business Contact:
Neil Summer
MBA
(979) 220-3806
neil@ecolyse.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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