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Encapsulation method for maintaining biodecontamination activity

United States Patent

April 11, 2006
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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)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 217,925
August 12, 2002
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-94ID13223, DE-AC07-13727, and Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.