Biotechnology breakthroughs expanding opportunities in water market, report finds

According to a new Insight Report from BlueTech Research, exciting market opportunities are opening up for the water and wastewater industry following breakthroughs in advanced biotechnology.

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CORK, IRELAND, Feb. 26, 2015 -- According to a new Insight Report from BlueTech Research, exciting market opportunities are opening up for the water and wastewater industry following breakthroughs in advanced biotechnology.

Innovations in the fields of biochemistry and microbiology have allowed the biotechnology sector -- estimated to be worth more than $400 billion -- to deliver major advances in the fields of medicine, food production and bioprocessing.

Biotechnology has also always been central to the process of water purification. Historically, some of these processes in water were not thoroughly understood, and traditional water treatment was little more than "bucket chemistry."

This is changing. Biochemical and microbiological progress now allows an increasing number of processes to be applied in the water and wastewater sector. These include:

  • Encapsulation of strains of bacteria to achieve particular bio-transformations
  • Biomimicry and use of aquaporin proteins for desalination
  • Bio-augmentation to enhance efficiency and performance of traditional systems
  • Turning sewers into treatment systems
  • Tackling the food-water nexus using symbiotic fungi to enhance plant resistance to heat stress and drought
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Mind-map showing key areas of development in applications for biotechnology in water and wastewater


BlueTech has identified some of the key areas of market opportunity, and the report provides an overview of each area, outlining the current market status and opportunities as well as active companies. It also paints the patent landscape and identifies licensing opportunities. Topics covered include:

  • Aquaporins
  • Enzymic hydrolysis for enhanced anaerobic digestion
  • Production of bioplastics from wastewater
  • Microbial fuel cells (bio-electrochemical systems)
  • Short-cut nitrification for nutrient removal
  • Low-temperature anaerobic treatment
  • Microbial encapsulation
  • Symbiosis for drought-resistant crops
  • Bio-augmentation
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Graphic illustrating efficient 'sluice' mechanism of aquaporin proteins, being used in desalination


See also:

"Blue-Tech issues global overview of $600M ion-exchange resin market"

"Technological breakthroughs spurring growth of water quality monitoring, report finds"


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BlueTech Research provides investors, water companies, researchers, and regulators with the latest information at their fingertips. The company provides clarity and critical analysis on emerging water technology market areas. BlueTech is focused on what is changing and how new approaches, new technologies and new needs are reshaping the water technology market. For more information, visit www.bluetechresearch.com.

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