Safer water and better lives through pioneering biosciences
Brought to you by our laboratories, at the University of Wisconsin Research Park
Our lab focuses on the development of three types of products: bacterial products natural to a lake or pond, biostimulants to stimulate a pond’s unique bacteria, and products to affect a plant and speed its degradation. At Naturalake Biosciences, our first and most important role is that of a research lab. We dedicate our resources to studying the whole spectrum of pond and lake problems at our state-of-the-art biological laboratory. The knowledge we gain from our research is used to develop natural and sustainable bio-technologies.
Kevin Ripp, Director of Science and Innovation, Naturalake Biosciences
Kevin has degrees in chemistry and biology and has been leading the development and application of the Naturalake Biosciences product line since 2000. In addition to our in-house research, we have set up a partnership with phycologists Jim and Linda Graham at UW Madison along with their company AlgaXperts. Kevin is motivated by the lack of innovation in the world of lake treatment; Because there has been only one new chemistry for treating lakes in the last 15 years lake applicators have grow very dependent on chelated copper products which many algae have grown indifferent too. Kevin and our team create technologies that addresses excess nutrients in the water and formulate products to reduce chemicals when they are used, to help them better get into the inner resting structures of the plant and improve the degradation of the dead matter.
How our technology works
We are continuously studying the bacterial communities that live in waterways and around aquatic plants and algae. The products we create play off the strengths and weaknesses of those communities. Many of our products also feature beneficial bacterial strains as well. We use archaea, pseudomona, and nitrifying cultures, grown in-house by our lab team.
These cultures help to fixate phosphorous and lower ammonia and nitrates in the water column. The strains grown by Naturalake Biosciences are selected for their ability to sustain themselves and work in harmony with helpful aquatic communities as well as aiding natural selection. The longevity of our bacteria makes a difference: customers have told us that no other bacterial products sustain their water like ours do.
We have developed products that address the root causes of pond and lake issues: to fixate nutrients, reduce muck levels, clarify water, and improve the treatment of algae and aquatic plants.
Naturalake Biosciences offers personalized service and dedicated customer support. For our customers, we offer:
- Products supported by years of innovative research
- Four levels of lab testing
- Ongoing studies of the most pressing pond and lake issues
- Technical support for all our customers
- Private labeling
Naturalake Biosciences Research and Development
In 2017 we began research projects in two different areas. First we began a comprehenisive study on the different forms of phosphorous in waterways, this includes phosphorous in the water column as well as SRP, soluble reactive phosphorus as it relates to muck in water ways. We are also looking at how our products impact the precipitation of phosphorous in waterways and how we can use our knowledge of the biosciences to promote phosphorous precipitation and prevent the release of SRP into the water column. A complete paper on this will be released in 2018.
In addition we are studying the translocation of Aquatic herbicides and algaecides into emergent and terrestrial aquatic plants and filamentous algae and how Pondzilla Pro and AquaSticker Adjuvants improve the performance of the Aquatic herbicides, improve die off and slow regrowth of the plant. In this capacity we are studying pfragmites, alligator weed for plants and pithophora for algae. This information will be published in a paper in the spring of 2019.
We have also begun a longer term study with our partners AlgaExperts, Dr. Linda and Jim Graham at UW- Madison on studying the mechanisms of HAB formation and how we can develop BioScience related solutions to prevent this.
Past Research and Development
- Studying ammonia and nitrites in aquaculture and using our nitrifying organisms to reduce them.
- Extending our work with AquaSticker and studying the protective microbiota on the surface of aquatic plants so that we can disarm it and improve herbicide performance.
- Studying muck degradation and phosphorous fixation in muck sediments and how it affects chlorophyll production.
- Studying limiting nutrients in the growth of spike rush, torpedo grass, Lyngbya, bladderwort, Hydrilla, and duckweed as well as how to more quickly degrade the dead matter of these aquatic plants after herbicide treatment.
- Studying a new aid to make dead cattails and bulrush fall and degrade more quickly.
- This research resulted in the development of CattZilla.
- Developing PondZilla Pro: a new technology for the degradation of the killed pithophora akinite to slow its return when used with acidic chelated copper and diquat.
- Developing AquaSticker: a specialized blend for the treating the microbiota on the surface of lyngbya.
- Developing our Water Column Clarifier bacteria to improve water clarity.
- Developing our Nitrafix and Koi Pond products to lower excess nutrients caused by fish.
- The Naturalake Biosciences laboratories moved to the UW Research Park facilities, expanding our access to leading edge technology and information.