Yearly Archives: 2012

Lubricant Biodegradation & Toxicology Testing

Although great effort is put into prevention, its standard practice to presume that some lubricant will enter the environment. The ability to biodegrade and maintain low toxicity to organisms are key considerations in product development; especially for sensitive environments than could see a significant impact from the introduction of potentially hazardous liquids. For customers in the energy […]

Fuel Preservation: Where there is fuel there are microbes

For microbials, summer is a great time for growth and expansion. Microbes are especially challenging in the spring & summer for the fuel industry. Fuel and the systems where fuel is used, stored and transported can provide a nutrient rich environment for microorganisms. Fuel provides a great source of carbon and the environments in which […]

Concrete & the Challenge of Microbial Induced Corrosion

Of the more prominent challenges facing the construction industry are those related to  deterioration of material and structures by actions of microorganisms.  The process is  loosely known as Microbial Induced Corrosion (MIC), which belies an incredible range of processes occurring as a result of the growth of microorganism, principally bacteria, on our steel and concrete […]

Chicken of the Sea – Of Microbes and Shellfish

Research into the microorganisms related to food born illness has taken a turn in the last few years.  Vibrio vulnificus  a formerly  little known  organism related to the bacteria causing cholera disease (Vibrio cholera) is now causing increasing concern associated with the consumption of raw or undercooked shellfish. 

Dust Mites Love Fungi

Dust Mites Love Fungi   As a microbial enthusiast, the interaction between humans and our unseen environment is fascinating.  As part of our profession we are regularly challenged with issues related to the generic categories of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.  But on occasion other classes of organisms such as small insects become important.  […]