Our Bac-in-a-Box encapsulation technology allows millions of bacteria or yeast to be enclosed in tiny (0.5mm diameter) spheres made of our patented natural polymer, cellulose sulphate. The nature of the encapsulation technology means that the bacteria or yeast can grow within the capsules to completely fill them up. In this way the technology os completely different from current technologies like spraying or emulsification. The filled capsules are then dried down and can be stored as a powder for year(s) without appreciable loss in viability. Upon rehydration in liquid or even upon ingestion, the bacteria or yeast are revived and are totally protected from acid killing in the stomach. Finally when the capsules reach the lower intestine they break open to release the bacteria or yeast which then efficiently colonise. This unique system allows the number of bacteria or yeast that need to be administered to be reduced up to 10 million fold whilst still guaranteeing that the same number of bacteria or yeast are delivered to the lower intestine.
Example in the livestock industry:
This technology can be used in the agricultural industry to modulate the metabolism of livestock. In many cases the transition of livestock from one type of feedstuff to another must be accompanies by a change in the digestive bacteria. Changing the composition of the digestive bacteria is a slow process which is ached by slowly reducing the amount of the old feedstuff whilst increasing the amount of the new feedstuff. During this process there is risk to the livestock as a result of the process being carried out too quickly, combined with the fact that the process is slow, takes weeks to achieve and is not accompanied by weight gain in the livestock.
Using Bac-in-a-Box we can deliver large and biologically relevant amount of the micro-organisms needed to bring about the change in metabolism in a dried form that results in rapid changes. As a result of the unique properties of Bac-in-a-Box, the encapsulated micro-organisms can be stored and transported at room temperature and then applied to the livestock feed in the form of an effective topping.