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Environmental monitoring for the fight against COVID-19

While much of the COVID-19 response to date has been focused on human-to-human transmission of the virus, largely unaddressed to date are the ongoing risks of environmental transmission and the role of environmental monitoring to understand the health of both facilities and people.    What is environmental monitoring? Many will be familiar now with the human testing protocol employed by most countries around… Read More

Validating disinfection for SARS-CoV-2 in a senior living facility

Note from the Author: This white paper resulted from a collaboration between LuminUltra, IWC Environmental Solutions, and Source Molecular.    SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, is highly contagious and has been shown to remain viable on surfaces for several days after exposure depending on the surface material.     This is particularly alarming as the asymptomatic infection… 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

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

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