Patents Assigned to Microlife Technics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 4136486
    Abstract: A method is described which uses a composition including a small non-toxic amount (less then about 0.001 part per part of the composition) of a water soluble adhesive agent, particularly an alkali metal salt of carboxymethyl cellulose, with water and with nitrogen fixing bacteria for applying the bacteria on the surfaces of seeds of the plant family leguminosae or on particles surrounding the seeds including soil particles or combinations thereof. The nitrogen fixing bacteria are of a symbiotic species and are selectively isolated from effectively nodulated plants of the variety to be inoculated so that they are efficient in inducing effective root nodulation in the plants. Novel compositions are described which include the bacteria mixed with water and the adhesive agent and which are prepared by a manufacturer, frozen for shipment, and then thawed and substantially diluted with water by the farmer or other user for application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1979
    Assignee: Microlife Technics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred A. Franklin, Jr., Ian C. McLeod
  • Patent number: 4013797
    Abstract: An improved process for producing a red color in meat, particularly sausage, using Micrococcus species NRRL-B-8048 alone or preferably in admixture with Lactobacillus plantarum and/or Pediococcus cerevisiae or with other lactic acid producing bacteria is described. Micrococcus sp. NRRL-B-8048 rapidly (in about 4 hours or less) develops the solid bright red color associated with sausage and other fermented and non-fermented meats in the presence of edible nitrate or in the presence of relatively small amounts of added edible nitrite sufficient to more rapidly generate a red color because of NRRL-B-8048. Combinations of the nitrite and nitrate can be used. NRRL-B-8048 can be used to produce processed meats with a red color with a very limited fermentation time (hours) or to produce sausage with a longer fermentation time (days). Micrococcus sp. NRRL-B-8048 is preferably provided in the form of a cell concentrate which is frozen for storage and subsequent thawing for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1977
    Assignee: Microlife Technics, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred J. Gryczka
  • Patent number: 3984575
    Abstract: The method of orally feeding animals including humans Lactobacillus lactis NRRL B-5628 to restrict the growth of other digestive system (such as mouth, crop and/or stomach) bacteria is described. NRRL B-5628 is particularly useful in the treatment of scouring, diarrhea or colibacillosis in baby pigs and other newborn animals by reducing the intestinal population of E. coli as the native coliform bacterium. The oral feeding of NRRL B-5628 is also used in farrowing sows to reduce intestinal bacteria and in turn to reduce such bacterial populations in the newborn pigs. Mastitis-metrites syndrome in gilts, sows and cows is reduced by such oral feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1976
    Assignee: Microlife Technics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stewart M. Farr
  • Patent number: 3975545
    Abstract: Frozen compositions of lactic acid producing bacteria which incorporate an alkali metal salt of glycerophosphoric acid are described. These salts reduce damage to the bacteria upon freezing and storage which with certain bacteria is evidenced by enhanced lactic acid forming activity upon thawing and use of the compositions as fermented dairy product starter cultures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1976
    Assignee: Microlife Technics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ebenezer R. Vedamuthu
  • Patent number: 3963580
    Abstract: A method for testing milk to determine its ability to be fermented by bacteria in order to produce cheese, cottage cheese and the like is described. The method utilizes a colorimetric oxidation-reduction dye which rapidly changes color when the milk is readily fermentable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1976
    Assignee: Microlife Technics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ebenezer R. Vedamuthu
  • Patent number: 3963835
    Abstract: A method is described for making fermented or "sour" flour having distinctive flavor and acidic properties when incorporated into baked products. Flour and substantial amounts of water are mixed together and fermented with a non-toxic Lactobacillus bacterium and then dried to less than about fourteen (14%) percent by weight water so as to provide a finely divided flour. The use of Lactobacillus plantarum is particularly disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1976
    Assignee: Microlife Technics, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred J. Gryczka
  • Patent number: 3960664
    Abstract: A frozen stabilized bacterial product consisting of Pediococcus cerevisiae mixed with a stabilizing agent, such as glycerol, and a nutrient medium. A process of making a fermented meat product in which the thawed concentrate is mixed with a meat formulation in an amount of at least .1 percent by weight, then the mixture is heated to between 110.degree. and 125.degree.F. for from 8 to 15 hours and then the bacterial action is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1976
    Assignee: Microlife Technics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald H. Olsen, Harold Rothchild
  • Patent number: 3953609
    Abstract: The method of orally feeding animals including humans Lactobacillus lactis NRRL B-5628 to restrict the growth of other digestive system (such as mouth, crop and/or stomach) bacteria is described. NRRL B-5628 is particularly useful in the treatment of scouring, diarrhea or colibacillosis in baby pigs and other newborn animals by reducing the intestinal population of E. coli as the native coliform bacterium. The oral feeding of NRRL B-5628 is also used in farrowing sows to reduce intestinal bacteria and in turn to reduce such bacterial populations in the newborn pigs. Mastitis-metrites syndrome in gilts, sows and cows is reduced by such oral feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1976
    Assignee: Microlife Technics, Inc.
    Inventor: Stewart M. Farr