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[News Release] LuminUltra continues to grow with acquisition of aqua-tools’ Rapid Microbial Solutions division

  October 1, 2018 – Demonstrating continued growth as a global market leader in rapid and portable microbiological monitoring tools, LuminUltra has acquired aqua-tools’ Rapid Microbial Solutions division, including its B-QUA™ product line for ballast water compliance monitoring and the European customer base for its 2nd Generation ATP® (Adenosine Triphosphate) measurement products. This acquisition closed… Read More

Can Microbial-based Metalworking Fluids Outperform Traditional Water-based Fluids?

  Microorganisms in metalworking fluids (MWFs) have typically been considered problematic, however, a recent study published in 2017 presents a paradigm shift by demonstrating the effectiveness of microbial-based vs. water-based MWFs. While many of us are not familiar with the intricacies of metalworking, it’s the process of cutting and shaping metals for use in manufacturing…. 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

[News Release] One-stop microbiology management now available as LuminUltra acquires InstantLabs

  September 19, 2018 – It’s now possible to both quickly and easily identify all microbes in a sample and determine the abundance of specific microbes as LuminUltra, a global market leader in rapid and portable microbiological monitoring tools, has acquired InstantLabs, a developer of DNA-based measurement technologies. “LuminUltra is now a one-stop shop for… 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

Most Wanted Microbes – Bacillus 

From the editor: This is the twelfth 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. Bacillus is a genus of microbes that has many positive uses in various industries such as medical care, and veterinary care,… Read More

Amazing Water Resources

  If you find it easiest to understand a new concept through some type of visualization, you’re not alone. If you happen to be a ‘visual’ person and have an interest in water, there are a ton of great resources available online that can bring out the map-geek and marine biologist in anyone. Here at… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Candidatus Accumulibacter

From the editor: This is the eleventh 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. Candidatus Accumulibacter is a phosphorus accumulating organism (PAOs), meaning it can store copious quantities of phosphorus under specific conditions in a process referred to as enhanced biological phosphorus removal. Systems that select for Candidatus… Read More