Fungi Testing News

  • Texas Building Science Professionals Identify Surface and Wot Rot Fungi

    Wood continues to be one of the most commonly used building materials in Texas and across the Gulf Coast.  When properly maintained and protected from moisture, structures made from wood can last for centuries.    Termites and wood destroying insects have long been blamed for the destruction of wood used in buildings, but they are not ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EMLab P&K Microbiologists Discover New Fungal Genus Named Curviclavula, Published in Mycological Progress

    EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, announces that Mycological Progress has published a peer-reviewed article authored by Gregorio Delgado and Fernando Fernández, microbiologists from EMLab P&K’s Phoenix microbiology laboratory, in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Miller, Illinois Natural History ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • Wood Decay, Rot & Surface Fungi is No Match for Puerto Rico’s Zimmetry Environmental

    Homes and many other types of buildings found in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean have long been constructed with a variety of materials, including wood.  Even most brick and mortar buildings contain a significant amount of wood and when properly maintained and protected, these buildings can last for centuries.    Termites and wood destroying ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • First Finding of Cladophialophora bantiana from the Indoor Environment in the United States

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce the first finding of the human pathogenic fungus, Cladophialophora bantiana, in an indoor environment where it has been implicated in affecting the health of building occupants. Cladophialophora bantiana is a recognized agent of cerebral phaeohyphomycosis, a severe fungal infection of the brain. Cerebral phaeohyphomycosis can be fatal ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EMLab P&K Upgrades Android App with IAQ Pocket Guide for Clients of Environmental Testing Lab

    EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company, adds the IAQ Pocket Reference Guide (Pocket Guide) in its Android app. The Android app makes it easy for clients to access environmental laboratory results wherever they are. Now the Android app includes a digital version of EMLab P&K’s popular IAQ Pocket Guide built into the mobile app. “We are excited to provide ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • EMLab P&K Launches MoldRANGE Climate Report for Mold Testing in California

    EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, announced the launch of the MoldRANGE California Climate report. EMLab P&K is the only mold laboratory that offers a scientifically developed tool to help IAQ professionals with their work by providing better insights for outdoor mold spore levels in California based ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • Airborne Fungal Pathogens Cause California Corrections Officials to Move Inmates

    Earlier this month, ABC News reported that a judge has ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to move thousands of inmates from two prisons in the state. A U.S. District Judge has ordered close to 2,600 inmates from the Avenal and Pleasant Valley Prisons to be relocated within 90 days. The reason for the judge’s order is due to an ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New Stain Testing Website Launched by EMSL Analytical

    Most people recognize a stain due to a clearly distinguished discoloration on the surface or material that it is found on. These stains are typically caused by a physical or chemical interaction of different materials coming into contact with each other. Stains are a part of everyday life and can appear almost anywhere. Many times it may be obvious what has caused a stain, but other ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • PCR Testing Identifies Stachybotrys & Other Types of Fungi

    Over the past decade there have been numerous media reports about a specific type of mold known as Stachybotrys chartarum. Many in the media have referred to it as “toxic mold” although the term is not accurate, unless the fungi are actually tested to see if they are producing toxins. Having any type of mold in high concentrations, whether it be ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Wood Rot Fungi Identified Utilizing Advanced PCR Techniques

    Many property owners have at one time or another discovered wood damage somewhere on their home or business.  Often times, this damage is blamed on termites, carpenter ants or other wood-destroying insects when the actual cause may be due to wood-decay fungi. Wood-decay fungi are typically classified into one of several groups.  Brown, soft and white rot fungi each work in unique ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Iranian fungi show promise in cleaning up oil spills

    Iranian scientists have isolated local strains of fungi that can digest petroleum compounds and may be useful in cleaning up polluted sites, especially in similar, semi-arid areas. The researchers isolated fungal strains from oil-contaminated sites within the Arak refinery in Iran and found some of them to cut the amount of petroleum pollution in soil by more than half. Although ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Vapors Escaping from Bourbon Warehouses Results in Lawsuit

    Bourbon warehouses have been used for generations to store and age bourbon in wood barrels.? As the bourbon ages a small percentage of the liquor escapes from the barrels. The escaping vapors have long been known as the “angel’s share” of the bourbon by producers, but its existence is now embroiled in a lawsuit. Last month, The Daily Reporter published a report about five ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Penicillium Fungi Identified through PCR and DNA Sequencing

    Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) is a cutting edge molecular technology that analyzes for the genetic material called deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) which is found in every cell. EMSL Analytical Laboratories has harnessed this powerful molecular testing technique to identify a host of microbial contaminants and pathogens, including Penicillium. Penicillium is a ubiquitous soil ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EMSL Microbiologist Contributes to the Identification of Nine New Species of Fungi

    Nine new species of fungi related to Aspergillus versicolor were identified by a group of scientists including Dr. Zeljko Jurjevic, a Senior Mycologist from the corporate headquarters of EMSL Analytical, Inc. Other members of the group included Molecular Geneticist Dr. Stephen Peterson from the USDA, Peoria, IL, and Microbiologist Dr. Bruce W. Horn from the USDA, Dawson, GA.   ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Night Cream Cosmetics Recalled After Bacteria and Fungi Discovered

    Last week, Consumers Digest published information about a recall of a night cream.  According to reports, the cream was found to be contaminated with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and a type of fungus.  An investigation has identified the source of the microbial contamination as coming from a supplier of the cream’s bottle pump component. No injuries or illnesses ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EMLab P&K Florida Microbiologist Published in Mycotaxon, Fungi in Nicaragua

    EMLab P&K is pleased to announce the publication of a peer reviewed article authored by Gregorio Delgado, a microbiologist from EMLab P&K’s Ft. Lauderdale laboratory in Mycotaxon. The article presents the history of mycology in Nicaragua.   This paper assembles a checklist of hyphomycetes (anamorphic fungi) known to be found in Nicaragua. Mr. Delgado’s research also ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • Deadly Fungal Diseases Spread by Birds

    Cryptococcosis is a potentially deadly disease caused by Cryptococcus fungi.  The major species of Cryptococcus that causes illness in humans is Cryptococcus neoformans, which is found worldwide.  Since 1999, C. gattii, which can also cause infections, has also been found in regions of the Pacific Northwest.   C. neoformans typically ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • California’s Prop 65 and Fumonisin B1 Public Health Concerns

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Protecting Your Family from Avian Pathogens

    The nation’s leading environmental laboratory, EMSL Analytical, offers testing services to help protect families from histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis. Cinnaminson, NJ, July 29th, 2011 There are more than 10,000 species of birds across the globe.  Approximately 925 of these species are found in the United States and Canada.  A number of these species ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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