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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.

  • Fungi could protect rice against climate change

    Inoculating rice seeds with fungi makes the plants more tolerant of salt, drought and cold — all of which may become more common as the climate changes, according to researchers. The researchers obtained two types of endophytic fungi, which have symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationships with plants. One was from ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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.

  • Wood Rot Fungi’s Ability to Digest Biomass Studied by Scientists

    Scientists from the Energy Department’s Joint Genome Institute have been studying Phanaerochaete chrysosporium and Ceriporiopisis subvermispora for their ability to break down biomass.  The fungi are able to break down cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin from plants.  These fungi are of particular interest to the scientists as a possible source for enzymes used in the production ...


    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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Learn the how and why of fungus testing

    Learn at your desk, conference room, or auditorium without travel expenses through the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology’s new online education course, Review of Fungus Tests, Especially Those of ASTM. The course will be held Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. The per-location fee for the online course has no limit on the number of students who may participate ...

  • Testing Laboratory Solves Mystery Disease in Fish

    EMSL Analytical’s laboratory identifies microbial growth at a major university’s research laboratory that was utilizing fish and fish eggs for important research. Cinnaminson, NJ, October 4th, 2010 The medical center at a university relied on fish and fish eggs to conduct research, but they had a problem.  Their supply of both of these appeared to be ...


    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

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