fungal contamination test Articles

  • Fungal Biodegradation

    Introduction The utilization of fungal biodegradation involves the controlled usage of these specially cultivated fungi to treat contaminants. White Rot Fungus White rot fungus has been reported to degrade a wide variety of organopollutants because of its lignin-degrading or wood-rotting enzymes. Two different treatment configurations have been tested for white rot fungus, in situ and ...

  • Fungal Pathogens Identified by PCR and DNA Sequencing

    Aspergillus is a type of fungus that is commonly found in the environment and in buildings that have suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels.  For people with weakened immune systems, breathing Aspergillus spores can lead to infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a fungus called ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Development of a groundwater fungal strain as a tool for toxicity assessment

    Despite the significant ecological role in groundwater the value of fungi as indicators of groundwater pollution is not known, as fungi are notoriously challenging to assess for toxicity because of their varied morphological components, in particular their filamentous structures. Hence they remain rarely used in environmental risk assessments and monitoring programs for aquatic systems. We ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Just How Often are Drugs that are Supposed to be Sterile, Actually Contaminated?

    A few weeks ago, NBC News published the report, “Sterile drugs often contaminated, pharmacists admit.”  The article was written shortly after the peak of the fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated injections that resulted in dozens of deaths and hundreds of infections. The article references a poll conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Effective DNA extraction method for molecular diagnostics on wood-decay fungi

    1. INTRODUCTION Strategically eliminating damage caused by fungus requires precise identification of the fungal species present (using either conventional or molecular diagnostic techniques). The first step in performing molecular diagnostics on wood-decay fungi is to obtain analyzable fungal DNA. Five commercially available kits and one CTAB method were tested and analyzed ...


    By Analytik Jena AG

  • Sources of Particles in Cleanrooms

    Viable particles consists of bacteria, virus, fungal spores, molds, and yeast.  These are generally obtained from people, outside air, water, equipment, tools, excipients, and active ingredients. The objectives of environmentally controlled cleanrooms are to provide a contamination-free space to test or manufacturer contamination free products.  Nonetheless, contamination has a way of ...


    By Climet Instruments Company

  • The MoldScore Report

    When evaluating indoor levels of most pollutants, one can collect air samples, compare the sampling results to established exposure standards, and make relatively unambiguous decisions regarding the need for remediation. Bioaerosols as a group are not amenable to this general methodology, due to the difficulties in the development of such exposure standards for reasons that have been discussed ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • Allergies & asthma may be worsened by synthetic bedding

    EMSL Analytical has been on the forefront of providing quick and affordable allergen testing solutions for industry and the public. A recent study conducted at Otago University in New Zealand found that synthetic bedding typically contains greater numbers of fungal cell components than feather bedding. The research found that high levels of beta glucans, from fungi, were regularly found in ...


  • United States Virgin Islands

    Our firm was privileged to perform an indoor air quality related abatement that also had a historical context. This involved an adverse exposure to the Governor of the USVI at the Governor's residence in Catharineberg, St. Thomas. We determined that Stachybotrys and other toxigenic fungi were present in the residence as a result of water leaks from the roof and indirect effects from air ...


    By Indoor Air Solutions, Inc

  • Building Services Management - Air Sampling -

    Untitled Document Maintenance professionals are often the first responders to mold complaints in their facilities. building occupants can be exposed to fungal (mold) ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • The toxic legacy of Thailand’s ‘Great Flood’ will remain long after the waters have receded

    This year’s unusually long rainy season has left many part of Thailand, Lao and Cambodia inundated and resulted in the worst flooding crisis in Thailand for at least 50 years. The provinces of the central plains and many districts in the north, east and west of metropolitan Bangkok are now effectively under water. The huge volume of floodwater is such that flood levels are 3 metres deep in ...

  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

  • Controlling Bacteria In a Clean Room Environment

    Maintaining the integrity of a cleanroom is a constant battle. The first step to deciding which method, or combination of methods, to employ is to identify the prime sources of contamination. There are three prime sources of contamination through which the integrity of a cleanroom might be breached. First, there is the human element. While many processes might be automated, many situations remain ...


    By GVS Filter Technology

  • Minimising Risks to Air Quality and Regulatory Compliance With Total Filter Management

    It has been shown in recent studies that as much as 25% of the total site operating budget (excluding raw material costs) for a typical medium-large dosage-form manufacturing facility will be spent on compliance measures for internal quality systems and external regulatory activities. (1) Market realities indicate that the pharmaceutical companies will need to address the overall cost of ...


    By GVS Filter Technology

  • Putting infection control into practice in the workplace

    Healthcare workers are, like patients, subject to illness from a variety of airborne pathogens common to hospital settings. This risk increases during construction and renovation, as these endeavors release dust as well as disease-inducing microbes into the surrounding environment. Since more than one in five workplace illnesses in private industry occur in a hospital setting , hospitals ...

  • Nature’s Own - Biofiltration process offers promise of (near) energy-free pollution abatement

    A filter could be described as any substance through which liquid is passed to remove suspended impurities. Although a “biofilter” is actually not a filter, “biofiltration” is on the threshold of finding a market as a compliance solution for air pollution regulations after a number of false starts. Biofilters have long been used as a means for reducing objectionable odors in Germany, the ...


  • BioLargo`s - natural clean- it`s not your grandmother`s iodine

    People of a certain age may remember how their grandmother would use iodine on their cuts and scrapes when they were children. Not only did it leave a stain, but it also stung on the wound. If only the positives of Iodine were available without the negatives. Good news – now they are! BioLargo Inc. offers a number of products that take the sting and stain out of iodine use. ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • How Can TO-15 Help You Solve Your Next IAQ Problem?

    Untitled Document Have you ever been asked to investigate unpleasant odors in a home or at the workplace? Are occupants developing headaches or a feeling of nausea? ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Greening the Built Environment

    ASTM Standards and Products Form the Foundation of Sustainable Construction Efforts Today, a major focal point for the worldwide building industry is the growing demand for sustainable construction. Sustainable, or “green,” construction is focused on the more effective use of resources and ultimately the creation of healthier, energy efficient, more environmentally ...


    By ASTM International

  • SPE Cleanup of Wheat Extracts Prior to the HPLC Analysis of the Mycotoxin Deoxynivalenol

    Deoxynivalenol (DON) is a mycotoxin produced by the Fusarium fungal species graminearum and culmorum. These Fusariumfungi infect cereal crops primarily in wet conditions when temperatures range from 15–30 °C, resulting in grain head damage and DON contamination ...


    By Sigma-Aldrich Co., LLC

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