How is Using Amoeba to Fight off Legionella in Water Tanks a White Biotech Solution?

20/01/2016 - 3 minutes

A French Green-Biocide Specialist, Amoéba (France) is using these voracious single celled predators to tackle water-borne diseases, with added help from the Toulouse White Biotech (TWB).

amoeba_twb_lyon_biocide_water_treatment_industrialToulouse White Biotechnology (TWB), a pre-industrial demonstrator, and Amoéba have been working together for nearly 18 months in order to produce a revolutionary biocide (using living amoeba). This biocide would be capable of eliminating waterborne bacterial risks – an entirely natural alternative to the traditional chemical treatments used in the industrial sector.

Willaertia magna C2c.maky, the amoeba, was discovered in the natural hot spring water by researchers from Claude Bernard University (CBUL). In our interview with the CEO of Amoéba, Fabrice Plasson explained that usually amoeba are rather sensitive to bacterial attack.

However, Amoéba’s Willaertia strain is more robust than others, killing and consuming other microorganisms by phagocytosis, including up to 90% of the target pathogens which are known to thrive in industrial water environments (such as Legionella,

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