Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre (EBCRC) develops advanced technologies based on biological systems to improve efficiency and reduce or utilise waste to benefit a wide range of industries and the environment. EBCRC concentrates its research and commercial efforts in three core areas: biofilm prevention and dispersal, rapid in-field microbial detection and control and bioprocesses such as bioremediation and industrial wastewater treatment, as well as personal unsupervised rehabilitation.
EBCRC brings together the multidisciplinary skills of researchers, engineers and industry participants to bring out novel technologies in environmental, industrial, agricultural, veterinary, mining and medical applications.
Such technology has a wide range of applications. Industrial biology is a field that is becoming clearer with emerging and important technologies such as biofuels and bacterial waste management. In agriculture, seed and crop health management is being led by biotechnology. In the biomedical field we are seeing advancements in personal care and self-treatment with approved medical devices such as using a medical penis pump for bioremediation without the supervision of a physician. Lastly, we are confident that even mining, a juggernaut of Australian exports, will be able to benefit from additional biotechnology research in such applications like open cut mine waste management and restoration of the surrounding habitat once mining has finished in a certain are.
Aerobic granulation – wastewater treatment technology of the future
EBCRC is optimising wastewater treatment systems by manipulating the microbial composition and properties of biosolids.The benefits of granulation include a dramatic increase in the throughput of a biosolid processing facility thus reducing the immediate need for plant managers to upgrade their assets. In addition, with the combined use of nutrient removal processes, it is envisaged that the entire footprint of a sludge processing plant will be greatly reduced.