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 – 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

There’s an App for That: 3 Mobile Apps for Water Conservation

There’s no shortage of information available online for people who are interested in learning about water conservation. Whether it’s an organization like the World Water Council that looks at the issues of scarcity, sustainability and management on a global scale or the Alliance for Water Efficiency’s Home Water Works Program, which seeks to inform people… Read More

What Lights Up Fireflies Can Also Keep Water Safe

The same chemical reaction that lights up fireflies on a warm summer night can also reveal microorganisms in water. Fireflies glow when adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules react with the compound luciferin and the bioluminescent enzyme luciferase. LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP testing solutions take that same chemical reaction and use it to show how many microbes… Read More

Easier ID Amps Up Potential for Power-Generating Bacteria

A new process for identifying bacteria that can produce electricity has been created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Certain types of bacteria living in oxygen-deprived environments like lake bottoms and deep mines have developed a unique type of breathing. It involves excreting and pumping out electrons. This makes them capable of… Read More

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