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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • New York City Air Quality Testing Lab holds IAQ and Industrial Hygiene Sampling Workshop

    Mr. Eric Ciotti, Business Development Manager for EMSL, will be leading a workshop for New York-area environmental professionals. The event will be dedicated to helping indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals understand sampling techniques for fungi. Topics will include fungal cultures, PCR, allergens, mVOCs, mycotoxins, and more.   The Indoor Air Quality and Industrial Hygiene Sampling ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New England Air Quality Testing Lab holds Boston IAQ and Industrial Hygiene Sampling Workshop

    Mr. Eric Ciotti, Business Development Manager for EMSL, is scheduled to speak in front of New England area environmental professionals. The workshop is dedicated to helping indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals understand sampling techniques for fungi. Topics will include fungal cultures, PCR, allergens, mVOCs, mycotoxins, and more.   The Indoor Air Quality and Industrial Hygiene Sampling ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EMLab P&K increases mold testing & bacteria testing capacity to support Florida & Georgia during flooding

    In response to flooding in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, EMLab P&K has added local and overall mold testing and bacteria testing capacity, including weekend and emergency staffing, to support the increased need for environmental testing. As the nation's leading environmental testing laboratory, EMLab P&K maintains a strong presence in the region with an AIHA accredited mold ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • 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.

  • EMLab P&K increases mold testing & bacteria testing capacity to support Georgia and the Southeast after flooding

    In response to flooding in the Atlanta metro area and rest of the Southeast, EMLab P&K has added local and overall mold testing and bacteria testing capacity, including weekend and emergency staffing, to support the increased need for environmental testing. As the nation's leading environmental testing laboratory, EMLab P&K maintains a strong presence in the region with an AIHA accredited ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • EMLab P&K Increases Mold Testing and Bacteria Testing Capacity To Support Indiana and Ohio After Flooding

    Severe thunderstorms caused severe flooding throughout central and southern Indiana including Delaware and Madison counties. In Ohio, a mix of melting snow and heavy rain led to flooding across the state. Residents may be struggling with sewage back-ups and flooded basements and some neighborhoods have been evacuated.   In response to the flooding in the Midwest, EMLab P&K has added ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • EMLab P&K Increases Mold Testing And Bacteria Testing Capacity To Support Northeast U.S. After Flooding

    Severe storms battered the Northeast and caused flooding in some states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and parts of New Hampshire and New York. Residents may be struggling with sewage back-ups and flooded basements and some neighborhoods have been evacuated. In response to flooding in the Northeast, EMLab P&K has added local and overall mold testing and bacteria testing ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • EMLab P&K increases mold testing and bacteria testing capacity to support California after flooding

    In response to flooding in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, EMLab P&K has added local and overall mold testing and bacteria testing capacity, including weekend and emergency staffing, to support the increased need for environmental testing. As the nation's leading environmental testing laboratory, EMLab P&K maintains a strong presence in California with AIHA accredited labs in ...


    By EMLab P&K

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