[DNA Report] What’s Living in “Bourbon Gumbo” Street Water?

  From editor: Have you ever been to Bourbon Street in New Orleans? While at WEFTEC16, Microbe Detectives – one of LuminUltra’s strategic partners – decided to check it out. Along with great food and music, Bourbon street offers up another delicacy often referred to as “Bourbon Gumbo”, or street gutter water.  Microbe Detectives could… Read More

Microbial Monitoring – a Hot Topic at Canadian National Conference on Drinking Water

  Access to clean and plentiful drinking water is important to each of us. The Canadian National Conference on Drinking Water, taking place October 16-18 in Ottawa, brings together top researchers to share innovative ideas about drinking water sustainability and solutions to common water issues from across Canada and around the world. Microbial monitoring in… Read More

A Summer of Slime

  This summer it seemed like water quality issues were everywhere in the news. Take one of New Brunswick’s most popular tourist destinations, Parlee Beach, for example. When most people think about Parlee Beach, the annual seaside concert or maybe lifeguard skills competitions probably come to mind. This year however, stories about those events shared… Read More

Look Inside The Black Box – Presentations at WEFTEC 2016

  Monitoring and troubleshooting of wastewater treatment processes has been limited by our ability to see into the microbial world of these systems.  The primary tool at our disposal is a simple microscope, not unlike microscopes that have been around for more than one hundred years.  The microscope is able to give us some very… Read More

Welcome to Microbiology 1001

  My first full-time job after obtaining my degree in Chemical Engineering started out intimidating, but who ever thought starting off a career in applied microbiology would be easy. As I move through the introductory period of my position – where learning all I can about the field is of top priority – the intimidating… Read More

The Rio Pool – A Cautionary Aquatic Tale about How Fast Things Can Go Wrong and What You Can Do to Stop It from Happening to You

  Tuesday, August 9, at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre started like many others have recently. Athletes and coaches were preparing to compete, fans were arriving to cheer on their countrymen/women, and event managers were working away at the thousand and one tasks that needed to happen at their facility so the world could watch… Read More

The DNA Revolution for Water Professionals

  Imagine trying to solve a problem when you are provided just 1% of the total data. This is essentially the case in analyzing water and wastewater microbiomes. Conventional microbiological testing methods such as culture and microscopy can identify only about 1% of microorganisms that are contained in a typical environmental sample. The remaining 99%… Read More

Does the Risk of Legionnaire’s Disease Rise When There’s Lead in Your Water?

  Ongoing monitoring shows that lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water are dropping and getting closer to meeting federal safety standards. That’s some much-needed positive news for the community. But there’s still work to be done. Now, researchers are starting to check residential hot water heaters in Flint homes for Legionella. Legionella grows best in… Read More

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