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Title: Method and apparatus for determining nutrient stimulation of biological processes

Abstract

A method and apparatus is described for determining the nutrients to stimulate microorganisms in a particular environment. A representative sample of microorganisms from a particular environment are contacted with multiple support means wherein each support means has intimately associated with the surface of the support means a different nutrient composition for said microorganisms in said sample. The multiple support means is allowed to remain in contact with the microorganisms in the sample for a time period sufficient to measure differences in microorganism effects for the multiple support means. Microorganism effects for the multiple support means are then measured and compared. The invention is particularly adaptable to being conducted in situ. The additional steps of regulating nutrients added to the particular environment of microorganisms can enhance the desired results. Biological systems particularly suitable for this invention are bioremediation, biologically enhanced oil recovery, biological leaching of metals, and agricultural bioprocesses. 5 figs.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lockheed Martin Idaho Tech Co
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
563666
Patent Number(s):
5,686,299
Application Number:
PAN: 8-448,022
Assignee:
Lockheed Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States) PTO; SCA: 550700; 540220; 020300; PA: EDB-98:016342; SN: 98001896360
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-94ID13223
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 11 Nov 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 02 PETROLEUM; MICROORGANISMS; NUTRIENTS; PERFORMANCE TESTING; BIODEGRADATION; MICROBIAL EOR; MICROBIAL LEACHING; AGRICULTURE

Citation Formats

Colwell, F.S., Geesey, G.G., Gillis, R.J., and Lehman, R.M. Method and apparatus for determining nutrient stimulation of biological processes. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Colwell, F.S., Geesey, G.G., Gillis, R.J., & Lehman, R.M. Method and apparatus for determining nutrient stimulation of biological processes. United States.
Colwell, F.S., Geesey, G.G., Gillis, R.J., and Lehman, R.M. Tue . "Method and apparatus for determining nutrient stimulation of biological processes". United States.
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abstractNote = {A method and apparatus is described for determining the nutrients to stimulate microorganisms in a particular environment. A representative sample of microorganisms from a particular environment are contacted with multiple support means wherein each support means has intimately associated with the surface of the support means a different nutrient composition for said microorganisms in said sample. The multiple support means is allowed to remain in contact with the microorganisms in the sample for a time period sufficient to measure differences in microorganism effects for the multiple support means. Microorganism effects for the multiple support means are then measured and compared. The invention is particularly adaptable to being conducted in situ. The additional steps of regulating nutrients added to the particular environment of microorganisms can enhance the desired results. Biological systems particularly suitable for this invention are bioremediation, biologically enhanced oil recovery, biological leaching of metals, and agricultural bioprocesses. 5 figs.},
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