Bacteria

A type of microorganism. There are currently over 10,000 known species, and likely many more. Generally misunderstood, bacteria are usually viewed as dirty, repulsive disease carriers. We believe that a better way is to view them is the way we view mushrooms: there are ‘good’ ones and there are ‘bad’ ones.

Bactericide

An agent that kills harmful ‘bad’ bacteria. The bacteria used to create our products and solutions are the ‘good guys’: useful and beneficial to people and the planet

Bioremediation

It is a waste management technique that involves the use of organisms to break down hazardous substances into less toxic or non toxic substances from a contaminated site.

Bio-Surfactant

A surfactant (or surface-active agent) originating from biotechnology. Biosurfactants are biological molecules created by microorganisms. They are up to 500 times more effective than petrochemical or plant-based surfactants and 100% environmentally friendly!

Biotechnology

Technology based on biology, in our case the use of microorganisms, i.e. microscopic living beings, such as yeast and bacteria, to transform matter. An example of this would be the use of microorganisms to produce vinegar from grape juice or yogurt from milk.

CFU/GM

Colonies Forming unit/Gram

Culture

A microbial culture, is a method of multiplying microbial organisms by letting them reproduce in predetermined culture media under controlled laboratory conditions.

Effluent

Water that is polluted or that contains (mostly human) residue. This applies to domestic and industrial wastewater. Effluent needs to be treated before being released into the environment. Conditioning effluent initiates biodegradation of its organic matters. This is essential to preserving the planet.

Fermentation

The chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence.

Fungi

They are a group of eukaryotic, non-phototrophic organisms with rigid cell walls, that includes molds and yeasts.

Fungicide

A microorganism that eliminates fungi: like bacteria and yeast, fungi are microorganisms

Host

It is an organism that harbors a parasitic, a mutual, or a commensal symbiont, typically providing nourishment and shelter.

Microbiota

A microbiota is an "ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms" found in and on all multicellular organisms. It includes bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Microorganism

A microscopic living organism. Microorganisms are used in the formulation of RETRON products. We specially select microorganisms that have the ability to digest organic matter or produce biosurfactants (surfactants produced by microorganisms).

Non-Pathogenic

Organisms that are incapable of causing disease, harm or death to another organism and is usually used to describe bacteria. Most bacteria are nonpathogenic

Symbiotic

Type of a close and long-term biological interaction between two differentorganisms, be it mutualistic, commensalistic, or parasitic.

Synergy

Together, we are stronger”. A synergy is when the result of combined action is greater than the sum of its parts. RETRON PROBIOTICS creates synergies between different strains of microorganisms, between microorganisms and biosurfactants or even between microorganisms and essential oils, to increase the effectiveness of products and solutions.

Yeast

A specific type of microorganism: yeasts are single­ celled fungi. They can cause the fermentation of organic matter. Certain yeasts are used to product vinegar, beer, bread and even medicines. Others are harmful and a fungicide is required to neutralize and eliminate them