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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

A Primer On Legionella

A Synopsis on Legionella Legionella, the bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaire’s disease, is one of the most significant sources of waterborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. Investigations by the CDC have indicated that many cases could have been prevented through better water management. We’ve previously written about Legionnaire’s disease and how ATP testing can be… Read More

How to use ATP and DNA in a Wastewater Nitrification Monitoring Plan

Ammonia removal is a key metric for assessing wastewater treatment facility performance. This is because ammonia contributes to aquatic life toxicity. Furthermore, nitrogen, along with phosphorus, is a driver of receiving water eutrophication. Eutrophication, which simply is an over-enrichment of nutrients, can be detrimental to environmental and public health. It can result in harmful algae… Read More

bug bottles vs qpcr

Bug Bottles vs qPCR – What’s the Difference?

What are ‘Bug Bottles’? As highlighted in a previous blog, microbes can cause a range of microbiological problems in oil and gas extraction processes. By controlling microbial growth, operators can prevent issues such as: plugging, flow-reduction, reservoir souring and costly microbially influenced corrosion. Various methods are available for monitoring levels of problematic groups of bacteria,… Read More

LuminUltra Introduces GeneCount™ DNA-Based Microbial Solutions

June 20, 2019 – Microbiology control specialist LuminUltra today launched its revolutionary new GeneCount® portfolio of DNA products and services, making it far easier and faster to quantify, specify and target the types of organisms found in all types of water systems, on surfaces and in solid samples.   Users of LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation Adenosine… Read More

What’s in a name? Three Intricacies of Organism Names in NGS Data

There’s no universal method for cataloging organisms or for converting sequencing data to taxonomic data, so careful examination of methodology, as well as the results, is needed when analyzing DNA-associated data. Three of the intricacies are discussed below: Candidatus The formal naming of organisms is determined by a set of rules called the International Code… Read More

What is Legionella, and How to Prevent Legionella Contamination

It’s a hot topic when Legionella contamination turns up in apartment buildings, seniors’ homes and other facilities. But what is legionella? And does it really present a risk? What is Legionella? Legionella is a form of bacteria that grows in water and can lead to Legionnaires’ disease (also known as legionellosis) – a severe form… Read More

ATP and DNA – Who’s on First?

  As some of you may have heard, LuminUltra has partnered with Microbe Detectives to offer DNA testing services to the drinking water and wastewater industries.  So “Who’s on First?” (pun intended); simply put, the partnership’s combined technologies tell you who is in a given water or wastewater sample, and how much is in that… Read More

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