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Title: Rapid evaluation of fuel ethanol contaminant biofilms

item Rich, Joseph
item Leathers, Timothy
item Bischoff, Kenneth

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/6/2009
Publication Date: 5/6/2009
Citation: Rich, J.O., Leathers, T.D., Bischoff, K.M. 2009. Rapid Evaluation of Fuel Ethanol Contaminant Biofilms [abstract]. 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Microbial production of fuel ethanol is not performed under sterile, pure-culture conditions. It has been well established that many bacteria contaminate this process and are responsible for a significant decrease in productivity. In response to this, producers often rely on antibiotics to control bacterial infections, but many of the contaminants exist as biofilms that may be more resistant to antibiotic treatment. Using a collection of bacteria, primarily lactic acid bacteria isolated from ethanol production plants, we have developed a miniaturized system for rapid assessment of biofilm formation. We will discuss the application of this system to assess the susceptibility of fuel ethanol contaminants to antibiotics, such as virginiamycin.