Anti-microbial specialist called in to eliminate algal growth on buildings and walkways of Venice
Byotrol’s technology, which was originally developed to combat organisms such as E.coli and MRSA, has been approved for use because of its low hazard and low toxicity.
The decision to use Byotrol was based on the extensive data supplied regarding the efficacy of the Byotrol technology.
The technology is claimed to be attractive compared to sandblasting and other cleaning techniques because it has no detrimental effect on or cause erosion of the stone buildings involved in the trial, which have been submerged in deep water for centuries.
The technology offers a number of benefits over conventional mould and mildew stain removal treatments because it continues to work for extended periods after application.
The Byotrol technology interferes with the conditioning of the surface, such as a wall or table, before the micro-organism lands, making it more difficult for the micro organism to settle on the surface and stay there and reproduce.
When the micro-organism secretes material in an attempt to form a biofilm, (ie what is needed for it to stick to the surface) the secretion compounds - proteins, polysaccharides or oily type materials - are all disrupted by the pervading surface tension regime, making it much more difficult or impossible for the bug to form a firm attachment to the surface.
Finally, the bug, in its weakened state, succumbs to the gentlest of biocidal action provided by the associated biocides contained within Byotrol. They cause the bug’s membrane to burst before it has a chance to reproduce.