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Bacteria Provide Cleanup of Oil Spills, Wastewater

Issue: 2010 Category: Environment and Resource Management Category Icon - Energy and Environment
Page: 108 Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
State: TX Manufacturer: Micro-Bac International Inc.
Origin: Phototrophic cell for water purification on International Space Station
Tech Terms: Bacteria, Phototrophic Cell, Paraffin, Asphaltene
Abstract:
Through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts with Marshall Space Flight Center, Micro-Bac International Inc., of Round Rock, Texas, developed a phototrophic cell for water purification in space. Inside the cell: millions of photosynthetic bacteria. Micro-Bac proceeded to commercialize the bacterial formulation it developed for the SBIR project. The formulation is now used for the remediation of wastewater systems and waste from livestock farms and food manufacturers. Strains of the SBIR-derived bacteria also feature in microbial solutions that treat environmentally damaging oil spills, such as that resulting from the catastrophic 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
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PDF Chart: http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2010/Slides/ER/Micro-Bac.pdf
Company: http://www.micro-bac.com
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