Bug business booms

David Knott London davidk@ogjonline.com In its laboratories, BASF Microcheck Ltd., Nottingham, U.K., grows bacteria at amazing rates, and it aims to achieve similar multiplication of its sales. Microcheck cultivates bugs that are a major problem in a number of industries, including oil and gas. These are used only to test the company's products. Walter Guthrie, R&D manager at Microcheck, said: "Wherever you've got water, you'll get bugs. In the oil and gas industry, sulfate reducers, slime formers, and degraders are the main problems." The Desulphovibrio species are sulfate-reducing bacteria that excrete sulfur, requiring expensive clean-up progra...

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