Saturday, March 8, 2008

Joint projects for the development of paper industry microbiology?

For certain reasons (described in the letters below) the methods of paper industry microbiology shall be critically reviewed. Transferring traditional methods of food and clinical microbiology (as the most obvious sources of P&P microbiological methods) may help to prove the hygieny of paper and board products but cannot actually work as "rapid methods" for process control at all.

The need of cooperation between paper industry, microbiological institutions and developers of microbiological methods is obvious. There are several alternatives to build up joint projects for proceeding of microbiological process and product control but, for some reasons, the interests of the potential partners do not meet.

It would be interesting to hear different opinions about the chances to combine R&D activities (and money!) in the area of paper industry microbiology. Be first to comment!


Helge V. Keitel said...

Microbiologist, you bring up an interesting point. If I understand your thinking right, the intention is to move from FEEDBACK (of several days) to PREDICTIVE early warning signals detection with PMEU and the Biotouch methodology.

Second, to increase the dialog of your excellent blog, my advice is to call Elias Hakalehto as a co-writer. You might have other scientists and microbiologists that could add to your own opinions.

My role could be to discuss business opportunities. However, this blog could focus on how to take theory to practice, how to move lab research findings to industrial processes.


Elias said...

The PMEU makes it possible to see the life of microbes in real time situations. We have been using it in many connections in my company Finnoflag Oy. This method provides a new approach to food microbiology, clinical studies, bioprocess development, environmental monitoring, hospital hygiene, and various other relevant fields.

An improved understanding on the life of microbe cells as living organisms will add a lot to our understanding on any field, such as paper and pulp microbiology. We need rigorous development work, and this has now been instrumentated. Best Greetings,
Elias Hakalehto, Docent in Biotechnical Microbe Analytics