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

The Effects of Lead in Drinking Water, and a Few Recent Examples

Exposure to lead has long been understood to have serious impacts on human health. Ingesting lead can have a wide range of effects including: learning problems, increased blood pressure, kidney disorders, stunted growth and developmental delays. Lead can enter the human bloodstream a number of ways; inhaling small particles of lead-based paint or drinking water… Read More

Invasive Marine Species and Ballast Water Management: The Past and Future

Understanding the microbial content of a ship’s ballast water is critical. As the guidelines laid out in the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention are widely adopted, having a keen understanding of the microbial content of a ship’s ballast water has become critical. This was not always the case. We can see in the past that… Read More

Q&A with Dr. Ian Pepper on Innovative Uses for LuminUltra’s ATP Technology

Dave Tracey, LuminUltra’s Director of Strategic Sales Channels, sat down with Dr. Ian Pepper, Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the University of Arizona, to talk about how he’s taken LuminUltra’s microbial monitoring technology into a new and exciting application – soil microbiology. His career has focused on soil and water quality, and most recently soil… 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