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Am I Missing Something? A Look into the Dangers of Viable but Nonculturable Cells (VBNC)

  Note from the Editor, Jordan Schmidt: The significance of viable but non-culturable (VBNC) cells is becoming increasingly evident. Recent research has shown that various pathogens can enter a VBNC state when exposed to a combination of household cleaners and inorganic salts. This is significant as culture testing, while still extremely common and often the… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Iron Reducing Bacteria (IRB)

  While sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) are widely known as a major cause of MIC in carbon steel, other bacteria with different physiological properties have been identified as potential contributors in the corrosion process as well.  Iron reducing bacteria (IRB), for example, are heterotrophic facultative anaerobes which reduce ferric ions to ferrous ions under anaerobic… Read More

No Grey Area to This Issue: Slimes of All Colours Can Cause Costly Problems in Papermaking Processes

  Pink, orange, red, brown and grey – paper mill slimes can come in an endless range of colours.  What contributes to these variances in colour? Microorganisms.  Different species – which live within a slime – produce different hues.  Unfortunately, you won’t find gold at the end of that rainbow.  In fact, it’s quite the… Read More

The United Nations: Protecting Our Water

  The United Nations plays an important role in many, if not all, of the issues facing the planet. Since the end of World War II, the organization has worked to safeguard international security and human rights. Probably the highest profile examples of the UN’s work are the multinational peacekeeping forces at work in the… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes – Coliforms

From the editor: This is the ninth 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. Coliforms are a group of gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria that generally belong within the family of… Read More

Hurricane Season

  With the start of the 2018 hurricane season right around the corner, many people living in the Caribbean and along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts of North America are holding their collective breath. The 2017 season produced a series of storms that resulted in significant loss of life as well as billions… Read More