Selective agar plates showing the great abundance of bacterial species in the environmental samples tested.

Bio2pure scientists have isolated ~25 strains from soil samples taken from oil contaminated soil in Kuwait, and ~25 strains from a soil sample taken in Wallasey. Selective isolation techniques were employed to obtain actinomycetes only, an order of bacteria which produce a plethora of useful metabolites, including antimicrobial compounds. Around 20% of the isolates are producing antimicrobials in the lab, and further work is being carried out to identify strains which can be used in waste water treatment to remove faecal coliforms.

This work will be supported and supplemented by a renowned school of tropical medicine in the area, to ascertain the activity against human pathogens.

A selection of the colourful strains isolated from environmental samples.