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Microbial Discovery Group News

Under the Microscope, MDG’s Director of Research & Development: Sona Son

  • MDG
Sona Son is one of Microbial Discovery Group (MDG)’s first employees and was hired back in 2008. Her role has evolved over the past decade, but her passion remains the same: utilizing real science to solve real problems. 1. What drew you to Microbial Discovery Group? I joined MDG in 2008 as a recent college graduate. Back then, the building was still under construction, so I had to wear a hard hat on my first visit. The conference
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Biotifx®: Innovating Wastewater Solutions

  • MDG
In a story as old as time, a new product comes to market, fails to make an impact, then fizzles out. Now, in talking with our customers, what we have learned is that some of the new “ground-breaking” solutions just end up causing more headaches than they’re worth. So, when the time came to expand our biological product offerings within the wastewater market, we sought to rewrite that story and began the process of developing our
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Under the Microscope, MDG’s Wastewater Technical Support Specialist: Josiah Menako

  • MDG
  • August 21, 2018
Under the Microscope this month is Josiah Menako, MDG’s Wastewater Technical Service Specialist. Josiah plays a key role on our wastewater treatment team by specializing in servicing and educating our distribution partners for success! 1. What drew you to Microbial Discovery Group (MDG)? While in school, I was working in several research labs and I strongly desired to continue that professionally. In my mind it is the coolest job.
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Matthew West

Do Something: An Inspiring Day

  • Mike King
  • August 10, 2018
We had an unexpected and wonderful guest last week! My family and I volunteered to escort the chart topping Christian singer Matthew West to a very special concert at the Milwaukee County House of Correction, an important stop before his show at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds later that night. At the House of Correction, his lyrics touched the hearts of those in attendance. FOX 6 was there to capture it all, and Matthew shared with them,
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Planting the Seed: Start with Your Fermentation Manufacturer Early

  • Mike King
Not too long ago, a biofertilizer customer came to me frantically and explained, “I need to grow 7 strains of Bacillus in 3 weeks because it’s planting season and I can’t miss this year’s season.” I felt sorry for him, yet I had no choice but to say: “I’m sorry, but we cannot help you. Your timelines just aren’t realistic.” This exact interaction has happened more times than I care to remember. Trust me, I understand how big
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Under the Microscope: MDG Blending Technician, Bob Pustejovsky

  • MDG
  • July 31, 2018
Under the Microscope is a member of our Blending Operations Team, Bob Pustejovsky. Bob is one of the team members working in our new facility in Oak Creek, WI and is one of the last employees to handle the very products that leave our shipping docks before arriving at our customer’s location. 1. What drew you to Microbial Discovery Group? I wasn’t very happy with my previous line of work and was looking to try something completely
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Freeze Dry, Custom Freezer

Freeze Drying or Spray Drying? A Bacillus Perspective

  • Mike King
People will often ask me, which is better for Bacillus: freeze drying or spray drying? Unfortunately, I always have to answer with: “it depends.” I want to apologize to my sales staff in advance for not keeping things simple, but I really mean well! Here are the main factors to consider when it comes to freeze drying or spray drying Bacillus: Economics and loss prevention Market and field application method Customer
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Under the Microscope, MDG’s QC Microbiologist: Katie Pernic

  • MDG
  • June 15, 2018
Under the Microscope is one of our Quality Control Microbiologist, Katie Pernic. Being the first designated QC microbiologist at MDG, Katie has played a pivotal role in the development of our QA/QC processes. 1. What drew you to Microbial Discovery Group? When I joined MDG in 2012 it was a very small group of about 10 people, but I could tell right away that MDG was aiming for higher goals. There was (and still is!) a lot of
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Fermentation Tanks

Supplying Quality: One Strain at a Time

  • Mike King
  • June 13, 2018
In the large-scale liquid bacterial fermentation world, there are two primary ways to grow bacteria: as individual strains or in combination with others. Here at Microbial Discovery Group, we grow one strain at a time as it has served us well over the past decade. Truth be told, if I could find a way to grow multiple strains in one batch that was produced through a consistent process, resulted high yield and a uniformity in strain ratio,
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Landfill, Plastic Bag Waste, recycling, landfill solutions

Landfill Treatment Product Exploration: Comparing the Benefits of Bacteria and Enzymes in Biological Waste Treatment

  • MDG
With our growing population, it has become increasingly important to improve upon and advance current waste management technologies. In industrial and consumer markets, biological products are often selected as an environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient option. These have the capabilities of removing both chemical and biological contaminants, as well as accelerating the breakdown of other types of substrates. Products including both
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