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Definition : Equipment designed to provide optimum conditions for microorganisms and/or cell fermentation processes (including culture) under controlled, frequently anaerobic, conditions. This equipment typically consists of a main unit (also known as a bioreactor) and a reusable or single-use (i.e., disposable) fermentation chamber (also known as a vessel). The main unit is an electromechanical apparatus with a mechanism (e.g., stirring, shaking, rocking, waving) that provides movement to the fermenter chamber (vessel), a heating system (e.g., heat exchanger, water-jacket), and process controls. The unit may also include other devices, such as pumps, mixing devices, and grinders. Fermenters/bioreactors are used in laboratory procedures performed on bacteria, fungi, yeast and other microorganisms and/or in plant, insect, and mammal cells (including human cells); some bioreactors are used in industrial procedures including manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. Small equipment used in research laboratories are usually called fermenters while larger equipment used in industrial installations are mainly known as bioreactors. Dedicated equipment intended for use only in microbiology and/or cell culture as well as equipment that works using single-use (i.e., disposable) fermentation chambers is available.

Entry Terms : "Bioreactors" , "Fermenters" , "Fermentors"

UMDC code : 33945

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Bellco Glass Inc

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Bellco Glass, Inc. is a family owned and operated manufacturer of laboratory glassware and equipment.

Cole-Parmer Instrument Co

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Cole-Parmer has been a leading global source of laboratory and industrial fluid handling products, instrumentation, equipment, and supplies. We are proven experts in the fields of temperature measurement and control, electrochemistry, and fluid handling. Our products are sold throughout the world through company-owned customer channel outlets and a strong network of international dealers.

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