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  • Many Types of Fungi Can Cause Indoor Air Quality Problems

    Over the past decade there have been numerous media reports about Stachybotrys chartarum that have often referred to it as “toxic mold”.  These stories have made headlines in the country’s newspapers, magazines and television programs.   Stachybotrys chartarum is a greenish-black mold that can be found in properties with water damage or highly elevated ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EMSL scientist publishes book on understudied gnomoniaceae fungi

    The family Gnomoniaceae is a little understood family of fungi. They spend most of their life cycle as symptomless endophytes producing fruiting bodies on fallen leaves of trees, shrubs or dead stems of herbs. However, some of the fungi are serious plant pathogens and despite being inconspicuous they are everywhere around us.Of particular interest to indoor air quality professionals is the fact ...


  • EMSL Now Testing for Cryptococcus gattii Pathogenic Fungi

    Cryptococcus gattii has been appearing as a human and animal pathogen in the Pacific Northwest and southwestern British Columbia. The organism is a saprophytic environmental fungus that is usually found in the soil and on trees. Animal and human pulmonary infection can occur by breathing in spores in areas where the organism is found but they cannot transmit the diseases to each other. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Are Infections Caused by Aspergillus Fungi Developing Drug Resistance?

    A study recently published in the journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases, discovered azole-resistance markers in 75% of a small group of aspergillosis patients who had not previously been treated with an azole.  The research was conducted by the University of Manchester working with colleagues in the United States.    Aspergillosis is the disease cause by ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Defective Drywall from China may also be Contaminated with bacteria and fungi

    During the last year there have been numerous media reports about imported Chinese drywall causing unpleasant odors, damaging building materials and causing illnesses. On Sunday an expert on building inspections announced at a conference in Orlando that the defective drywall is also full of bacteria and fungus.According to some reports the defective drywall is in as many as 100,000 homes ...


  • Aspergillus Fungi and Aspergillosis Exposed in New Public Outreach Video

    Today the IAQ Video Network released the 15th in a series of public outreach videos meant to educate families about important environmental and indoor air quality issues.  The public outreach videos have all been produced in the past year covering everything from asbestos and Legionella to the latest video about Aspergillus and aspergillosis.   ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • Stachybotrys chartarum, just one of many Types of Fungi that Cause Mold Contamination Issues

    During the past decade there have been countless media reports about Stachybotrys chartarum, a type of fungus often associated with mold contamination in indoor environments.   The media has frequently referred to Stachybotrys chartarum as “toxic mold”.    The term "toxic mold", used by many in media reports is often not accurate, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Spring Floods and Water Leaks Can Result in Costly Property Damage due to Wood Rot Fungi

    Wood is one of the most popular materials used to construct many types of residential and commercial properties. When properly maintained and protected, buildings made from wood can last for centuries.   As a natural material, termites and wood destroying insects have long been blamed for the destruction of wood in buildings, but they are not the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Personal Biological Air Sampler

    ARELCO ARC announces the availability of a new biological air sampler CIP10 M for individual or dedicated sampling. The micro organisms are collected on a liquid which is maintained in a rotating cup which generates a helicoidal air flowrate. The lab analysis (enumeration or identification technique) of the liquid determines micro biological air quality (bacteria, fungi, mould or endotoxin...) ...

  • CIP10 M Biological Air Sampler

    A new biological air sampler CIP10 M for individual or dedicated sampling. The micro organisms are collected on a liquid which is maintained in a rotating cup which generates a helicoidal air flowrate. The lab analysis (enumeration or identification technique) of the liquid determines micro biological air quality (bacteria, fungi, mould or endotoxin...). The small, compact light and low noise ...

  • Asthma Relief Provided By New Electrostatic Air Filters

    Home owners report asthma symptoms improve after installing electrostatic air filters.     ACI Manufacturing has improved the "ULTRA" washable electrostatic furnace filters allowing the millions of people that suffer from asthma related symptoms a little relief.  Two improvements have been made to the ...


    By ACI Manufacturing

  • Breathe easy – no `nasty surprises` in air study

    A CSIRO study of the quality of air inside the typical Australian home has not revealed any nasty surprises. Commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, the study is the most comprehensive examination to date of air pollutants in Australian houses. Project leaders Dr Melita Keywood and Ian Galbally from CSIRO's Marine and Atmospheric Research say the results ...

  • Penicillium: A Benefit to Man, a Hindrance to Indoor Air Quality

    One of the most recognized types of fungi is Penicillium.  It is perhaps best known as the fungus, P. chrysogenum, which produces penicillin, a molecule that has saved countless lives as an antibiotic.  It is also used in the production of a number of important biotechnology produced enzymes and macromolecules.  Some species of Penicillium are used in the production ...

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