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Comment by Helge V. Keitel on October 23, 2008 at 12:33pm
Myrkkymaitoskandaali Kiinassa puraisee myös Stora Enson pakkauksia. Mitä ajatuksia tämä herättää?
Comment by Helge V. Keitel on October 18, 2008 at 7:40pm
I found this Biotech blog.


Welcome to Biotech Now!

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Comment by Helge Keitel on October 17, 2008 at 2:02pm
We spoke today with Raimoi Niemi about a water project in Virby / Viirilä, Ruotsinpyhtää, Finland. The Teutjärvi sea would need a clean-up after decades of farming wast from big pig and cattle unites into the sea. We thought about the possibility to take up the mud and sediment and dehydrate it and use the dry material as energy source in a bioenergy plant. This would be a better idea than to use peat.

It could be a long term project stretching out over several years. The real estate values would increase, maybe double, after Teutjärvi has been cleaned. The bionergy could be used as biomass for to CHP plant heating and providing electricity to a green house.

We don't have the economics for such a project but Raimo's ancestors have been farmers in the area for several generations and he knows pretty well the background of how much agricultural waste and other residuals have been channeled to this not very deep sea connected to Kymijoki.

There has been two big pig farms in connection to the dairy plants and there was no cleaning of the residuals that were flowing direct to Teutjärvi.

If we could find an economical model and the technology for this concept then it would be possible to create a new green village around the sea that uses the dumped waste, cleans the sea Teutjärvi, and this could lead to a transformation of the farmlands to attractive real estate locations, a new distributed bioenergy model, and also new economical activity in form of the green houses connected to the CHP-plant.

Does anyone know about comparable projects? How can we get started? All ideas are welcomed?
Comment by Juha Veikko Mentu on October 16, 2008 at 5:15pm
Simulation of microbial growth outside the processes needs some precautions. To catch representative results, several parameters shall be controlled during the trials: temperature, pH, redox potential nutrition etc.

The best way is to use the original sample as a matrix for the trials. This is especially important whenever biofilms shall be studied. Adaptation of planctonic microorganisms on surfaces has been shown to be very coplicated process, including induction of several enzymes.

PMEU has been proven to serve as a rapid incubator in these kind of tests. I have focused my interest in biofilm trials, including the evaluation of slimicide programs. PMEU has been a good tool when several biocides have been included in testing, and rapid results (compared with an arrangement where test coupons have been installed in the processes) have also beneficed the customers to have real-time information of the effects of alternative biocides against occasional biofilm bursts.
Comment by Helge V. Keitel on October 4, 2008 at 2:34pm
In the video below: her name is Debbie Weil not Debbie Wild.
Comment by Helge V. Keitel on October 4, 2008 at 2:32pm

Blogworld Expo-Debbie Weil Interview. Simon Chen interviews Corporate Blogging Consultant about corporate blogging.

Debbie Wild answers the questions:

- change the mindset
- blogging is a new channel of communication
- in blogs you can speak in a conversational manner
- don't need to speak the marketing crap
- comments are important but take care of legalities (moderate)
- social media is huge in China
- in China everybody is doing it (means blogging)
- CEO's are blogging in China
- they get thousands of responses which isn't typical over here
- Cisco, HP, Kodak as examples of big companies blogging
- Cisco does a good job on blogging
- is blogging here to stay?
- it's a new kind of personalized website
- it's a new way to interact with partners, clients and employees
- 100 million blogs according to Technorati
- you can speak with a human voice
- blogs are adding personalized content to static websites
- her book is available on Amazon
Comment by Helge Keitel on September 14, 2008 at 1:55pm
Juha, you quote, "It must be remembered that it was not until the 1940's that a U.S. oil company hired a full-time microbiologist, thus most of the research on petroleum microbiology was conducted in university laboratories..."

That can be compared with KCL, VTT, and Universities taking care of paper mill microbiology research and development needs.

I think your blog opens up new perspectives and helps us to launch Biotouch services to industrial enterprises on a global scale.

It takes time to build a presence on Internet but with blogs and social media your ideas can reach out to a global audience.
Comment by Juha Veikko Mentu on September 14, 2008 at 12:46pm
Dear participants of Biotouch group!

I will copy a post i have written today for my blog industrymicrobiologist.blogspot.com because it refers some features of petroleum industry, very similar with paper industry microbiology:

IM has noticed an most interesting review by Lewis R. Brown in SIM News September/October 2007 (SIM = Society of Industrial Microbiology). The author presents us various topics of petroleum microbiology which can significantly help this industrial branch to locate new deposits, to increase production rates, to eliminate corrosion caused by H2S and to have new tools for the bioremediation of oil spills.

What especially has waken IM up was the obvious analogy between petroleum and paper industry microbiology: similar reasons have caused a lag period of the benefication of microbiology. Here are some lines from the beginning of this review article:

" It must be remembered that it was not until the 1940's that a U.S. oil company hired a full-time microbiologist, thus most of the research on petroleum microbiology was conducted in university laboratories. Consequently, potential uses of microbes in the industry were based on laboratory experiments, not field demonstrations, and were viewed with certain amount of scepticism. Also, it must be remembered that microbiology as a science was less than a hundred years old at that time and therefore people in other disciplines, e.g., geology and petroleum engineering, had little or no understanding of microbiology...".

Sounds very familiar to a microbiologist, working for paper industry. A lot should to be done to publish the multitude of issues of microbiology which could help paper industry to minimize microbiological problems, to secure product quality and to have benefits served by biotechnological products like enzymes in the manufacture of pulps, papers and boards.
Comment by Helge V. Keitel on September 13, 2008 at 9:29pm
Juha and Elias, I've been writing about the future of pulp, paper, and board in Kuppalehti. The atmosphere is changing. Iltalehti and Ilta-Sanomat are writing about biorefineries. We've to talk more about the issues or we are going to get more biodiesel...but no innovations.
Comment by Juha Veikko Mentu on September 12, 2008 at 7:41pm
I am very sorry but I had some other activities in Lappeenranta / Imatra and could not hear the presentation by professor Olli Dahl.

I think, however, that we could have contact to him as well as to Director Jukka Kilpeläinen / STORA ENSO Oyj. I know him very well because he was our contact person in R&D issues when I was working for SE. I also met him when he was working for KCL.

Regards, Juha

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