West Chester, PA (PRWEB) November 21, 2013
Envera announced today the filing of a patent covering a proprietary group of low temperature growing bacteria. The psychrophilic microorganisms are naturally occurring bacteria, isolated from a stream in Pennsylvania, with the ability to grow at 4°C, and perhaps lower. These strains are expected to be commercially available the first week of December.
Mike Matheny, President and Owner of Envera stated, “There are applications, such as waste water treatment, pond maintenance, and soil or seed applications, where our products must work in low temperature environments.” “The addition of this group of bacteria to our microbial portfolio will greatly increase the breadth of our temperature activity range,” added Matheny. “These strains are also showing promise at temperatures below 4°C,” concluded Matheny.
The bacteria covered in the patent are listed as Bacillus sp. This decision was made because the bacteria did not match well to any existing species. Genetic analysis using 16S ribosomal RNA indicated the closest matches were Bacillus simplex or Bacillus butanolivorans. Further testing in the laboratory revealed some major biochemical differences between the newly described Envera strains and the Bacillus simplex and Bacillus butanolivorans type strains.
“I am excited that we may have isolated a new species,” stated co-inventor Dr. Zivile Panaviene. “We are performing additional genetic and biochemical studies to finalize the speciation of these isolates,” added Zivile. “We have 6-12 months of research ahead of us to answer that question, but we are committed to finding the answer,” finished Dr. Panaviene.<
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