Fungi fight back… Situ Biosciences – Microbial Test Experts There is a war being waged by the microorganisms around us. New research has shown that fungi have evolved proteins that help it avoid plant defenses against microbes. This research provides another amazing example of the subtle interplay that occurs in nature between a host and the […]
Product Test Themes
- Analytical Testing
- Antimicrobial Additives
- Antimicrobial Testing
- Environmental Fate and Toxicology
- Personal Care
- Product Development
- Product and Quality Certification
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Microbial Product Testing 1.0 If you’re new to microbial testing, it can be confusing as to which test(s) are needed, necessary, or required. “Which test do I need?” – Is a seemingly simple question, but the reality is that the requirements for a particular product can be complex.
A Guide to Microbial Testing: Microbial Control vs Microbial Elimination For Additional Guidance: First Steps to Microbial Product Testing In antimicrobial systems or microbiology testing, confusion arises when a particular system is being evaluated since the acceptable concentration of microorganisms for any particular process can differ.
The Microbial Rule of 3…. The “Rule of Three” simply stated is – Does the system have Water, Temperature, and Carbon? If ‘yes’ then the product or system will be challenged by microorganisms.
or “Which antimicrobial is best?” …unfortunately it’s not so simple. Product manufacturers have a challenging task when it comes to selecting antimicrobials for their products. Very few manufacturers have access to either in-house microbiology or formulation experts, or contract laboratories that have both microbial facilities and sufficient expertise in their product requirements… Details matter. For […]
Antimicrobial Textiles – What and Why? Who hasn’t’ had a pair of sandals or shoes turn impossibly smelly, needing to be thrown away after only a few weeks of use? It’s not your hygiene that causes this issue; most commonly this issue is due to inferior quality materials or manufacturing issues and the absence of […]