NEWS ALERT: It’s Time to Make the Most of Methane

biogas productionWaste is all around us—and so is the demand for renewable energy. That means now is an excellent time to make the most of biogas production. Unfortunately, while some wastewater treatment plants and farms are already turning sewage, manure, and other organic wastes into biogas for heating and energy, the process is not as widespread or efficient as one would hope. The good news is that, with the right nutrients and microorganisms, wastewater operators and farmers can get the most out of their methane for heat and energy production.

Anaerobic Digestion Challenge

Microbes are the key to turning waste into biofuel and are a critical part of the anaerobic digestion process that is often used in wastewater treatment. Sometimes, however, these indispensable microorganisms do not have the right nutrients or numbers needed to carry out robust hydrolysis, resulting in more odor and less methane for heating or energy. To maximize methane production, farmers, wastewater treatment managers, and biogas plant operators can call in reinforcements: beneficial microorganisms (bioaugmentation) and nutrients (biostimulation) that will boost the hydrolysis process. Probiotics such as BCP12 can accelerate the rate of waste digestion, while BIOGAS BOOSTER 3 can provide the necessary micronutrients that microbes need to function well.

Effects on Biogas Production

Two biogas plants in Japan are a good example of what can happen with and without the right ingredients. With no supplements, the plants were generating 40% methane instead of 60% methane and producing a bad odor. By adding probiotics and nutrients such as BCP12BCP57BCP80, and STIMULUS, the plants were able to reach their full potential of 60% biogas production (reaching 300 kW/generator capacity) and resolve the odor issue. In another case, the addition of BIOGAS BOOSTER 3 to a test reactor at York University showed promising signs of enhancing biogas generation after just one week.*

It’s Your Turn to Make the Most of Biogas!

Biogas production is an important opportunity to turn waste into something valuable. Overcoming inefficiencies can be just as important in order for the effort to be worthwhile. If you operate an anaerobic digester, contact Bionetix® for specific advice to improve efficiency and make the most of your methane.

Keywords: methane gas, renewable energy, biogas production, waste to energy, Bionetix, probiotics, biogas challenges, hydrolysis, anaerobic digestion

*York University NSERC Engage Project Report, “Novel Bacterial Blend to Enhance Biomethanation of Municipal Sewage Sludge,” 11 December 2020. Prepared by Prof. Brar’s Team: Dr. Bikash Tiwari, Rahul Saini, and Mona Chaali.

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PRESS RELEASE: Unlock Your Manufacturing Potential with the Power of ECL1000™ Amylase!

While many of us mainly think of starch in connection with food, this complex carbohydrate has more industrial uses than we often realize. A critical key to unlocking its benefits is amylase, an enzyme that breaks starch into smaller molecules for further use or removal. Due to the widespread use and benefits of amylase, Bionetix® is pleased to introduce ECL1000™ as the second in its new line of liquid enzyme concentrates.


How Does ECL1000™ Work?

ECL1000™ is a high efficiency amylase enzyme produced by non-pathogenic bacteria. It breaks starches into low molecular weight fermentable sugars such as glucose or dextrin. This process creates smaller components that serve as critical building blocks for other products or which can be more easily digested as a food source. The same process can be used to remove starch molecules where they are no longer wanted. Amylase has been in use for centuries, and today, its benefits extend to the following industries:

• Food and beverage production
• Feed manufacturing
• Ethanol production
• Textile finishing
• Laundry

Simplifying Starch for Further Use

In the food and beverage industry, starch breakdown with ECL1000™ can be used to improve the texture of baked goods and clarify beverages. This ability to break down starch also makes ECL1000™ a good choice as either a pretreatment for animal feed or a feed additive to help livestock get the most out of substances that may be difficult for them to fully digest. Because ECL1000™ helps convert starch into fermentable sugars, it is essential for ethanol production, which relies heavily on starch due to pricing and availability.

Removing Starch

In some applications, starch is only desired temporarily or not at all. When this is the case, ECL1000 comes in handy for its ability to remove starchy substances. For instance, the textile industry uses starch to strengthen fabrics during weaving and sizing but must remove it later. ECL1000™ provides the liquefaction needed to loosen the starch so it can be carried away. Amylase performs a similar function in many laundry detergents, where it is used to enhance stain removal. ECL1000™ can therefore be a good addition to detergents or stain removal products because of its ability to digest starchy substances that attract dirt, and because it can directly target starchy stains from cocoa, gravy, potatoes, and other high starch foods. 

Unlock Your Manufacturing Potential

Starch is an important raw material that touches many parts of our everyday lives and represents a major source of renewable energy. However, its potential cannot fully be tapped without the ability to simplify its complex structure. ECL1000™ is one key to unlock that door to better starch utilization and removal. Contact Bionetix® to learn more about ECL1000 for starch liquefaction.

Keywords: Bionetix, starch, amylase, starch liquefaction, starch removal, ethanol production, food and beverage industry, textile finishing, fabric desizing, amylase

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NEWS ALERT: Getting the Pulse of the Cleaning Industry at Interclean

Bionetix - cleaning industryIt was a great time for our Bionetix® team to be at Interclean, May 14th-17th in Amsterdam! As one of the biggest cleaning shows in the world, Interclean Amsterdam is an excellent place to take the pulse of the cleaning industry and meet new clients.

This year our team noticed an increasing acceptance of probiotics in every field-not just cleaning products, but also cosmetics and health care. Interest in our new line of enzyme concentrates, which can be used in a broad range of industries-from laundry to paper recycling to ethanol production-was also strong, and several companies have already requested samples.

While Diana Di Marco, Tonya Decterov, and Mathias Benitez mostly encountered European cleaning industry professionals, they also met attendees from the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. Some individuals scheduled future meetings with Bionetix® on the spot. Others met with Bionetix® during and after the conference. It was a special honor to get better acquainted with a few visitors who came back to the booth to chat almost every day.

Attending Interclean provided a fresh perspective on the market, confirming that our biological products are highly competitive and that Bionetix® is very well positioned in the current market. We look forward to seeing exciting developments as the team follows up on Interclean leads and continues to release more enzyme concentrates.

Contact Bionetix® to learn more about how biologicals fit into the cleaning industry!

Keywords: cleaning industry, Interclean Amsterdam, probiotics, cleaning industry trends, how are enzymes used, enzyme suppliers, enzymes for laundry, enzymes for paper, cleaning in the healthcare industry, Bionetix

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NEWS ALERT: Give Plants a Probiotic Boost This Spring!

The normal recipe for lush green lawns or robust crop growth is to add more fertilizer. However, while macronutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus show dramatic results, they often are synthetically manufactured and add to nutrient pollution in waterways. Bionetix® offers a gentler approach with probiotic fertilizers for lawns and gardens.

Build Healthy Turf

ECO-TURF™ is a biofertilizer that adds beneficial microorganisms to the soil, helping break down organic matter to make nutrients more accessible. Plant extracts in ECO-TURF serve as natural growth hormones to foster healthy growth, while natural surfactants work as wetting agents to help roots make better use of available moisture even in drought conditions. ECO-TURF also has humic and fulvic acids that foster a healthy growing environment. ECO-TURF can be applied every two to four weeks when watering lawns, golf courses, sod farms, and sports fields.

Activate Plant Growth

SOIL-BAC and SOIL-BAC Premium can also be used on grassy areas but are specifically targeted at garden plants and farm crops. In addition to beneficial microorganisms that help enrich the soil through enhanced decomposition, SOIL-BAC contains mycorrhizae to help roots absorb nutrients better and rhizobacteria to promote plant growth. For an extra boost, SOIL-BAC Premium includes special microorganisms capable of atmospheric nitrogen fixation. The presence of both symbiotic and free-living microorganisms means this can be achieved even before vegetation starts to grow, making SOIL-BAC Premium great for application at spring planting time!

Get Growing with Probiotics!

The upcoming growing season is a great time to dial back the heavy use of synthetic chemicals and enjoy the benefits of natural nutrients and microorganisms that support healthy growth in lawns and gardens. Contact Bionetix® to learn more about using probiotic fertilizers this spring and summer!

Keywords: probiotic fertilizer, natural fertilizers, probiotics for plants, biofertilizer, natural plant growth hormones, Bionetix, robust crop growth, drought resistance, lawncare tips

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