Ecolyse derives its name from its mission to provide ecologically sound biological control for industry by causing problem bacteria, fungi or algae to burst, or “lyse“. We commit to the principles of green chemistry and practices, and seek to implement more efficient use of contemporary chemical biocides and to develop policies, procedures and new naturally derived products for current users and suppliers.
We will establish efficacy of chemical biocides under the actual conditions experienced at the facility and seek to advise and direct, efficient application of contemporary chemical biocides, increasing efficacy while maintaining cost control. We will seek out naturally occurring predators of industrial infestations, especially “bacteriophage” and similar organisms that cause bacteria, algae and fungi to lyse. We will find natural organisms and only concentrate them to focus on specific problems. We will not alter nor attempt in any way to change natures “Checks and balances”. We will proliferate these in closed loops and apply them directly in the industrial infrastructure.
We hope to eventually increase microbial control within industry systems while decreasing industry dependence on biocides that are expensive and disruptive poisons dangerous to all forms of life, in storage, usage and disposal. In contrast Phage are focused and EPA determined to be GRAS (generally regarded as safe).
Ecolyse was originally founded as Phage Biocontrol by Drs. Neil and Elizabeth Summer in December 2007 with the purpose of using bacteriophage to remediate pipeline corrosion and reservoir souring. We have since expanded our scope to address a variety of bacterial, fungal and algae problems in industrial settings. Ecolyse now provides a variety of services that complement their development of biocontrol products such as bacterial consulting, monitoring, testing and training.
Located in College Station, Texas, Ecolyse has a close partnership with Texas A&M University’s Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, along with the Department of Petroleum Engineering.