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Selecting a Biodegradation Test Plastics, coated materials, and packaging that will likely end up in solid waste streams have specific biodegradation test considerations. Knowing how your product is likely to be disposed of is one important consideration in determining which test method to use. Biodegradation and composting are related but not the same – before […]

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Biodegradation Test Methods

Below are commonly requested biodegradation and compost test methods. Options include a range of associated test protocols including BOD/COD and toxicity assessments. Connect our laboratory at 847-483-9950 for additional information about biodegradation and compostable product testing. ASTM ASTM D6400 Aerobic Biodegradation Series ASTM D5338 Aerobic Biodegradation ASTM D6868 Coated Materials ASTM D5864 Lubricants ASTM D6691 […]

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Bacterial contamination has once again resulted in a large scale product recall, this time with baby wipe; and this is an entirely avoidable problem.   Apparently after opening a package of baby wipes, customers discovered the wipes were discolored and had an unpleasant order.  Further microbial testing indicated that the contaminant was (in part) Burkholderia cepacia.  A common bacteria, B. cepacia may cause […]

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Textiles are an important part of our everyday lives.  New trends constantly develop and new products hit the market each season.  One item that has hit the shelves and formed its niche into our lives is leggings.  They are comfortable, light, and usually inexpensive. Leggings have become an extremely popular trend in the clothing world today. […]

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Dollar Spot, Brown Patch, and Antifungal Products for Golf Courses and Turf Microbes inhabit every niche in of our natural landscape: without them there would be no natural landscape. But in certain circumstances specific fungi can cause problems that are both cosmetic and costly. Notable for lawn and turf applications are the fungal blights known […]

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AATCC TM 30 Testing Overview

AATCC TM 30 Overview For fungal product testing, TM 30 is a go-to method for industrial materials and consumer products. Used for materials that may be susceptible to unsightly fungal growth, AATCC TM 30 has two purposes: 1. Determining the susceptibility of materials to mildew and rot 2. Evaluate the efficacy of antimicrobial treatments Developed […]

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2012 – Year in Review

Its been a busy year at the lab, and we hope for you as well. As we look forward to 2013, here’s a few of the projects we were working on in 2012. Anti-Fungal Turf Testing Brown and Dollar Spot Fungi   Aspergillus Fungi Close up of spores on the go   Military Textiles AATCC […]

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