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Encapsulation method for maintaining biodecontamination activity

United States Patent

October 15, 2002
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A method for maintaining the viability and subsequent activity of microorganisms utilized in a variety of environments to promote biodecontamination of surfaces. One application involves the decontamination of concrete surfaces. Encapsulation of microbial influenced degradation (MID) microorganisms has shown that MID activity is effectively maintained under passive conditions, that is, without manual addition of moisture or nutrients, for an extended period of time.
Rogers; Robert D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Hamilton; Melinda A. (Idaho Falls, ID), Nelson; Lee O. (Idaho Falls, ID), Benson; Jennifer (Cockermouth, GB), Green; Martin J. (Wooton, GB), Milner; Timothy N. (Centerville, VA)
Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
09/ 606,563
June 29, 2000
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-94ID13223, now Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.