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Most Wanted Microbes – Pseudomonas

  From the editor: This is the 14th post in an ongoing series profiling microorganisms of particular significance in water and wastewater systems. In this series we will cover microorganisms of many types including some that are beneficial, inhibitory and pathogenic. Pseudomonas is a genus of Gram-negative, rod shaped, non-spore forming bacteria. More than 190… Read More

How to Mitigate Biofouling in Your Industrial Process Using 2nd Generation ATP

  Microorganisms can wreak havoc in industrial processes in a number of ways – from slime formation that causes paper breaks and excessive downtime in papermaking facilities, to costly recalls of spoiled final product. Consequently, an effective microbiological control program, which includes accurate and reliable monitoring, is critical for maintaining an efficient process and final… Read More

Why “Raw Water” May Not Be as Pure as You Think – The Risks of “All-Natural” Raw Water

  Over the past several years, we’ve seen a drastic increase in the demand for all-natural products across several industries. Consumers are becoming more and more aware of both the environmental and health-related risks associated with many chemical products, preservatives, pesticides, and packing materials and as a result, are demanding more transparency when it comes… Read More

Sequencing Your Bioreactor – Who’s Doing the Work?

  Metagenomics through the incorporation of next generation sequencing (NGS) is changing the way wastewater treatment plants are monitored and understood. NGS can be used in aerobic and anaerobic systems to monitor for problematic organisms, such as filamentous and foaming bacteria, and beneficial organisms, such as ammonia-oxidizing bacteria and methanogens. NGS is also allowing old… Read More

The Overlooked Importance of Calibrating Your Enzyme

  One of the major benefits of LuminUltra’s 2nd generation ATP monitoring over existing technology (i.e. ATP pens) is the normalization of enzyme activity. At the microbiological level, knowing how active the enzyme is at the time of testing offers significant benefits for both data collection and analysis. Given this, LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP test… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Methanogens

  From the editor: This is the thirteenth post in an ongoing series profiling microorganisms of particular significance in water and wastewater systems. In this series we will cover microorganisms of many types including some that are beneficial, inhibitory and pathogenic.  Methanogens are a group of microbes that produce methane gas through the breakdown of… Read More

Cocktail Party Examples – Microbiologically Induced Corrosion

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) causes billions of dollars in damage annually. MIC affects diverse industries including marine transportation and shipping, chemical and oil processing, power generation, water treatment, and aviation, among others. MIC results from cooperative metabolism between the microorganisms and metal surfaces that accelerate the corrosion processes. In short, specific microorganisms found naturally in… Read More

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