“I Don’t Have Filaments at My Plant” and Filamentous Biomolecules as Nano Synthesizers


Environmental Leverage


One of the most mysterious elements of Morgellons Syndrome is the conducting filament. It has been very elusive. Until I had researched many known parasites, bugs, mycelia and viruses, it was the filament that most closely fit the Morgellons source element. This may be what Botanists called the “filament of life”. All it needed was a spark. Photosynthesis could create that, right? The Sun. However, how does a filament grow under water and light up a lake. What is it that is in that filament? I think Environmental Leverage shows us a clue. And they have a method of identifying “filamentous filaments”.

Many Morgellons old-timers, remember the water treatment plants. Many even understood that the treatment may have been the source of Morgellons. However, environmental specialists, most likely never listened to the botanist. They were going to change the “Whole Earth” based on faulty science, because the “plant, fungus, bacteria, virus, parasite authorities were ignored. They knew their stuff. Yet, they were ignored. By ignoring the real folks who understood the reality of nature, its seeds, it roots, its life source, how could they ever understand problems that cause environmental issues? If the paradigm for living science was wrong at the beginning, then anything that follows, despite new discoveries, would be devastating rather than helpful to the environment. So, the perpetuation of a lie continues. But, this was done for a purpose. It was a way to control a supposedly non-spontaneous effect. Now, it being out of control, new methods had to be made. Consider the Filamentous biomolecule as a nano synthesizer.

First, lets see what damage began the whole scenario, and it was meant to do so. Even so, the damage is discovered, but what leverage is there now?


I don’t have Filaments at my plant!

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A common misnomer in many wastewater treatment plants is that unless they have filaments that are bridging and they can see them between the floc structures, they do not have filaments. In reality, internal bulking can cause more problems than slight bridging.

Well what is the difference between bulking or bridging?

Bridging is when the filaments are external to the normal floc structure and cause a bridge between the floc structures.

Many plants think there is only a problem when they have external filaments that are causing bulking problems. In reality there are three ways to cause bulking at a plant, internal filaments, external filaments or non-filamentous bulking- which can be caused by zooglea, fungi and in many municipalities or papermills, fiber or tissue.

What is the difference and how do they impact the plant? Let’s take a closer look at all of these scenarios.

Filaments can be internal, external or free floating. Internal filaments are like a sponge. They can be hard to settle and dewater. External filaments keep the floc structures from coming together and compacting. Free-floating filaments can cause TSS problems. Zooglea and fungi can cause foaming, sliming or bulking. Let’s first look at some samples from a few plants that have external bulking and what most operators think is the only case for filamentous problems. External filaments are those filaments that extend into the bulk solution and cause difficulty in settling. They form a bridge between the floc structures and make compaction difficult. They can take up large amounts of space in a clarifier or digestor or even aeration basin.


The plant on the left has abundant levels of filaments and this one on the right has excessive levels of filaments that will make it hard to settle in the clarifier, hard to dewater and increase polymer consumption and increase solids hauling costs.

This is typically what people think of when they talk about filamentous bulking. While you may think you have a large amount of bacteria when doing a settlometer, in reality, the filaments are just taking up space.

Most operators are well aware of bridging and this is usually what is thought of for filamentous problems. But you need to check again.

Sometimes you need to go to a much higher level on the microscope objective.

Staining the sample helps, but some skill is required. A quick and dirty way to help bring out some of the fine details on the sample without having to go to all the trouble of drying a slide and going through all the difficulties of staining is to use LactoPhenol Cotton Blue stain. It can be purchased at VWR, USA Bluebook, Fisher, Scientific or any of your favorite supply chains. Use the stain along with one drop of wastewater on the slide. The stain will help bring out any fine details, internal filaments, many characteristics such as sheath, cell walls or shape and size.

lactophenol blue

N limicola III

***NOTE: If you use this stain, all the higher life forms will slow down and die. Do not worry, that is supposed to happen. Just keep it in mind if doing a wastewater biomass analyses and make sure to use a normal sample when checking higher life forms for count and identification. This stain will make it easier to spot higher life forms though and to photograph them since it does slow them down.

Internal bulking is when the filaments are inside the floc structure and make up a backbone for the floc. In a small amount, internal filaments are a great plus. They help keep the floc together, help avoid shear and give stability to the floc. In large amounts, they can create a floc that is more like a sponge. It is very hard to dewater and compress. It can take large amounts of polymer to get the floc to settle in the clarifier. Solids can build up. Carryover or washout can occur quite easily. Polymer consumption on a belt press can increase. Solids dewatering is harder to achieve. Dryer cake solids are harder to achieve. With solids handling costs on the rise and a big part of a budget at any wastewater treatment plant, filaments can add a significant chuck to any budget.

Internal filaments are very common, often overlooked and ignored and yet many operators or supervisors of wastewater plants cannot figure out why they have too many solids, overloading or problems and high costs with solids handling.

Look closer, use stains or call your local lab  or Environmental Leverage to help you with a filamentous identification or training

If you need more information on our Filamentous Identification the Easy Way Training CD or on Internet training on Filamentous bacteria, causes and controls

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Wastewater Biomass Analyses with Filamentous Identification

Set of Stained Filaments-Microscope Slide Set

Filamentous ID the Easy Way- Training CD

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 *** Please See the Revolving Images ~ They sure look Familiar ***


Is this the Model?  Nanotech in Science Fiction or Real Artificial Life?

TNG 3.01 Evolution
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Wesley is experimenting with “nanites”, nanotechnic robots designed to enter cell nuclei for medical purposes, to see if they can cooperate to improve their behavior. He falls asleep and his two test subjects escape their container. Embarrassed, he starts placing Roach Motel(tm)-like traps around the ship, but by then they’ve found their way to the computer core and are replicating, consuming the isolinear chips and developing a hive intelligence. Dr. ???, a prominent astrophysicist, is skeptical of the crew’s findings of the new nanite life form. He tells them he’s seen the factory where nanites are manufactured; they’re just machines! Desperate to regain computer control in time to complete his life’s study a nearby neutron star, ??? kills some of the nanites using a gamma pulse. They respond by taking over the ship. Eventually, Data opens communication with the new intelligence. He allows some of them to enter and interface with his systems (as they were originally designed to do), so that he can be used as a communications channel. ??? apologizes, an agreement is reached, and the nanites rebuild the computer in time to launch ???’s probe. Finally, ??? uses his influence to have a barren asteroid designated the new nanite homeworld. “This ship is — too confining. We require — relocation.”

TNG 4.01 The Best of Both Worlds, Part II
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While discussing possible strategems against the Borg, Dr. Crusher proposes using their “recent experience with nanotechnology” to breed a form of nanite to attach the Borg collective. The development would take two to three weeks, however.

TNG 7.01 Descent, Part II
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Data’s brother, Lore, has been experimenting with converting newly individual Borg into fully artificial lifeforms. He convinces Data to join in the experiments, and to inject “nanofibers” into Geordi’s brain. These fibers will learn to emulate his neural firing patterns, leading to a marked increase in cognitive ability — if he survives.



Now following the Artificial Life Scenario and to fix a spontaneous problem, bring in the Nano and create more problems.


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