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

Abstract

A method and apparatus 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 difference 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.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [1]
  1. (Idaho Falls, ID)
  2. (Bozeman, MT)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID
OSTI Identifier:
872384
Patent Number(s):
5922559
Assignee:
Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID) INEEL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-94ID13223
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; apparatus; determining; nutrient; stimulation; biological; processes; nutrients; stimulate; microorganisms; particular; environment; representative; sample; contacted; multiple; support; means; intimately; associated; surface; composition; allowed; remain; contact; time; period; sufficient; measure; difference; microorganism; effects; measured; compared; particularly; adaptable; conducted; situ; additional; steps; regulating; added; enhance; desired; results; systems; suitable; bioremediation; biologically; enhanced; oil; recovery; leaching; metals; agricultural; bioprocesses; representative sample; particularly adaptable; biological systems; period sufficient; oil recovery; particularly suitable; time period; support means; enhanced oil; particular environment; stimulate microorganisms; biological processes; nutrient composition; desired results; additional steps; nutrient stimulation; intimately associated; additional step; determining nutrient; /435/

Citation Formats

Colwell, Frederick S., Geesey, Gill G., Gillis, Richard J., and Lehman, R. Michael. Method and apparatus for determining nutrient stimulation of biological processes. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Colwell, Frederick S., Geesey, Gill G., Gillis, Richard J., & Lehman, R. Michael. Method and apparatus for determining nutrient stimulation of biological processes. United States.
Colwell, Frederick S., Geesey, Gill G., Gillis, Richard J., and Lehman, R. Michael. Fri . "Method and apparatus for determining nutrient stimulation of biological processes". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/872384.
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author = {Colwell, Frederick S. and Geesey, Gill G. and Gillis, Richard J. and Lehman, R. Michael},
abstractNote = {A method and apparatus 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 difference 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.},
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journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1999},
month = {1}
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