UGA’s Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility has 11 new touchscreen computers that monitor the pH, oxygen levels, temperature and agitation (i.e., rotation) of the fermenters, generating the optimal growth environment. The touchscreen eases the process of checking the conditions and data of the media inside the fermenters, and the computers automatically turn the fermenters’ valves and pumps on and off. Automation allows for adjustments and takes away a lot of the guesswork behind yielding the best growing conditions, but the computers also allow for manual override in case the media needs more attention from BFF technicians.
BFF also has a new, larger Kuhner Incubator Shaker that holds larger flasks. It offers orbital and linear shaking as well as humidity control, chilling to degrees below ambient with additional options for LED photosynthesis and UV lighting.
The facility also acquired DASGIP bioreactor fermenters, which can be used to produce small batches up to 10 liters. This is BFF’s third bank of parallel bioreactors, bringing the total number of autoclavable systems to 28.