Industrial Microbiology/ Strain Selection

yeast under microscope

Industrial microbiology harnesses the power of nature for industrial transformation. Microbiology can be used to create valuable products that cannot be made using chemical methods. Microbiological processes can be cost effective compared to chemical processes, being economical in capital terms and being highly productive in terms of yield.

Agritechnology is open to using diverse genus and species of microbe including yeast, algae, fungi and bacteria, and being focused on food we generally use food grade non-pathogenic microorganisms.

Our strain selection process involves researching available literature and isolating novel strains. We can refine an isolated strain into a pure culture and we can screen preliminary organisms to identify the ones with the greatest potential. Once we have identified the optimum strain, we can enhance it further by subjecting it to evolutionary pressures such temperatures, toxic minerals or the pH of the environment in which it will grow and produce a strain with a particular desired trait.

Agritechnology has core skills in microbiology and experiments with the use of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, in large-scale industrial processes.

Microbiology has a wide range of industrial applications including:

  • Agricultural or industrial waste treatment
  • Water treatment
  • Fermentation for production of alcohol, vinegar or dairy products
  • Algal cultivation
  • Biochemical transformation

Agritechnology can manage the entire microbiological process from strain discovery, selection and development to fermentation and engineered plant scale up.