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Harness the Power of One Bacterium to Remove PFAS from the Environment

What are PFAS? Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of synthetic organic molecules, which are not naturally occurring in nature. Due to the strong carbon-fluorine bond present in these molecules, they are especially long-lived once released into the environment and are resistant to regular chemical remediation methods. These compounds have been commercially produced… Read More

World Water Day, 2020

A Long-Standing Tradition Since 1993, the United Nations has used World Water Day to highlight its water conservation and management work and focus the world’s attention on water issues. This year, the day is being marked on March 22. Every year, UN-Water (the United Nations water agency), chooses a specific idea to help draw attention… Read More

Keeping Polar Regions Ecologically Safe

This article was written in partnership with Seaborne Communications.   Ballast Water Management in the Arctic With a growing trend in expedition-type cruising and an increase in commercial shipping traffic navigating the Northern Sea Route and to a lesser extent the Northwest Passage, the need for the regular and accurate monitoring of a passenger vessel’s… Read More

All you need to know about qPCR

qPCR with quick and easy-to-interpret results will be key As quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) becomes more accepted and available to a range of industries looking to quantify their (specific) microbial populations, the ability to provide quick and easy-to-interpret results will be key. The initial development of qPCR assays has been focused on potential human… Read More

The Story of Your Data

Data gathering and analysis have become crucial across many, if not all, sectors of our economy, including the water sector. If you consider all the components of data analysis you can start to see its potential to positively impact decision making.   The overall process of data gathering and analysis generally goes like this:  … Read More

Understanding the Ballast Water Fractions

Ballast water monitoring is vital to preventing the spread of invasive species With more than 4,000 different organisms found in a ship’s ballast water tank, it’s no surprise why ballast water monitoring is vital to preventing the spread of these invasive species, and why the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires that all sizes of ballast… Read More

Solution Highlight: GeneCount NGS Services

Sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene LuminUltra’s GeneCount® Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) service takes microbial monitoring to the “next” level by sequencing the 16S rRNA gene, which is present in all bacteria and archaea. This gene contains sections that allow individual organisms to be differentiated from one another and classified to the genus level. Based… Read More

Exciting Developments in Water Technology

In the field of water science and technology, many exciting new advances have either become commercially viable in recent months or will soon reach that critical milestone. Here are four up-and-coming developments that could eventually have a big impact on some aspect of the world of water.   Slippery toilets Every day around the world,… Read More

Facts & Figures of Legionellosis

What causes Legionellosis? Many different types of bacteria can cause respiratory diseases. Ranging in seriousness from Streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) to much more deadly pathogens like Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Vibrio cholerae (cholera), bacterial infections of the respiratory tract present a major challenge for health care providers around the world. Tuberculosis alone is estimated to make up to 10 million people per year sick.   A serious bacterial… Read More