Generation of High Efficiency of Microorganisms for the Production of Preparations of Biodegradable Oil, Organophosphorus Material, Measures for the Protection of Plants, as well as, of Exopolysaddharides Uses in the Petroleum Industry (Bioekologia-M (Bioecology-M)) - 10.25.17

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Science Objectives for Everyone
Bioekologiya (Bioecology) seeks to produce improved strains of microorganisms for the manufacture of components such as exopolysaccharides from the biodegradation of oil.
Science Results for Everyone
Excuse me, your exopolysaccharide is showing. These sugar residues secreted by microorganisms have many uses in foods and pharmaceuticals. Researchers exposed microorganisms to space flight factors, including radioactive radiation and charged particle flow, to create new exopolysaccharides. They created one compound from fungi, Mitsefit, for use in stimulating plant growth, development and reproductive potential. Another compound, Rodart, contains highly active bacteria and was created to remove petroleum pollution from soil and bodies of water. This investigation produced feasibility studies, technical provisions, technological regulations and instructions on the use of these compounds and a pilot fermentation line for creating them.

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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Tatiana K. Krasheninnikova, Institute for Applied Biochemistry and Machine Building (Biohimmash), Russia

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Sponsoring Space Agency
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

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Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
April 2003 - April 2008

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Experiment Description

Research Overview
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Investigation into the economically important microbiological objects exposed to space flight factors, including radioactive radiation and charged particles fluxes; production of highly efficient strains-producers of plant protection means, exopolysaccharides, means for biodegradation of the products containing xenobiotics (oil, oil products and organophosphoric substances) polluting environment.

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Space Applications
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Earth Applications
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Operational Requirements and Protocols
Bioecologia stowage, Independent temperature recorder.
Investigation into effect of space flight factors on physiological and biochemical properties of the microorganism cultures while the Bioekologia stowages are exposed to space flight factors within 1, 3, 6 and 12 months.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

The biological compound Mitsefit was created for use to stimulate plant growth and development and to enhance its reproductive potential based on the new highly active strains of endophytic fungi obtained in the space experiment.

Feasibility studies, technical provisions, technological regulations, and instructions on the use of the biological compounds Rodart and Mitsefit were developed. A pilot fermentation line was created to obtain these compounds.

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Results Publications

    Zhemchuzhina NS, Kofnova IN, Krasheninnikova TK, Lavrikova VV, Sinchurina EV, Smolyanaya GL, Ukraintsev AD.  Results of Experiments Conducted by Biokhimmash Space Biotechnology Laboratory. Kosmonavtika i Raketostroenie (Cosmonautics and Rocket Engineering). 2007; 49(4): 103-107.

    Ukraintsev AD, Krasheninnikova TK, Kofnova IN, Zhemchuzhina NS, Sinchurina EV, Smolyanaya GL, Lavrikova VV.  Influence of factors of space flight on properties of bacterial and mushroom cultures at long stay in space in structure of equipment "Bioecology". 6th International Scientific-Practical Conference Manned Spaceflights, Moscow, Russia; 2005 November 10-11

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Ground Based Results Publications

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ISS Patents

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Related Websites
Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment

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image Bioecologia stowage with independent temperature recorder.
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