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Bioreactor for innovative mass bacteria culture

The aim is to upgrade conventional cultivation techniques
for the mass production of bacterial communities. The
microorganisms will perform a cost-effective aerobic
biodegradation of target xenobiotics and organic pollutants.

There is a need to develop new cultivation techniques where the growth kinetics and metabolic behaviour of bacterial communities are under control. The microorganisms will be produced in order to perform aerobic biodegradation of target xenobiotics and organic pollutants. This technology has been recently patented (European Patent EP 952212A1, October 1999). Such specialised bacterial communities may be used as cost- effective and very efficient biological agents for the clean-up of industrial off-cases, treatment of municipal waste water, bioremediation of soils and ground water. The challenge faced by this project is to upgrade state-of- the-art technologies used for the mass cultivation of bacteria. This new generation of bioreactors will produce large quantities of cell mass in a quarter of the time taken by conventional systems. The bacteria will then be conditioned as granules or lyophilised. Microorganisms produced in this way can play a major role, i.e. in the separation of heavy metal from industrial wastewater for the removal of hydrocarbons from industrial off-gases, degradation of substitute organic solvents, reduction in odours from waste water plants and the food industry or even the removal of pollutant mixtures containing chlorinated solvents. Keywords: bioreactor, cell-mass production, organic pollutants.
Acronym: 
BIOMAC
Project ID: 
2 497
Start date: 
15-01-2001
Project Duration: 
34months
Project costs: 
1 500 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.