A team of researchers at the University of Buffalo has developed a new device named BioBlower to overcome the pathogenic spores largely. The research, funded by the Department of Defense and the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), concluded that the BioBlower wipes out the spores through heat and pressure oscillations. “With our device, there are no filters to change and very minimal maintenance,” said Garvey. “The BioBlower(tm) indiscriminately destroys all airborne biotoxins via the extreme heating of the gas.” In a series of recent tests performed by scientists in the UB Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Calspan-UB Research Center (CUBRC), the BioBlower(tm) successfully destroyed more than 99.9 percent of aerosolized spores of a benign anthrax simulant, Bacillus globicii (Bg). “Bg spores are considered the gold standard for biotesting,” explained Garvey. “Now that we can completely eliminate these hardy bacteria, we can kill any and all airborne biological toxins.” The BioBlower(tm) heats the contaminated air, Garvey explained, by mechanically compressing it as it is being blown rapidly through a mechanical rotary pump. “This recompressive process uniformly increases the temperature of the entire volume of gas, almost instantaneously,” he said, adding that the same type of compressive heating occurs when a tire gets hot as it is inflated with air. “The dramatic effect we observed is due to chemical combustion; these spores simply get burned away to ash,” he said.