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BACTEROIDES - A Better Alternative to Determine Sewage Contamination in Indoor Environments.
Introduction Coliform and E. coli testing has been used for over 50 years to determine the presence of fecal contamination in recreational water.  While the test was originally designed to look for fecal contamination in recreational and drinking water...[READ MORE]

Latex Testing
Last year we did some latex testing for a client of ours using your laboratory for the analysis.  We recently published this article in the Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research.

Building Services Management – Air Sampling - “Smells moldy in here”: The basics of air sampling.
Maintenance professionals are often the first responders to mold complaints in their facilities. Building occupants can be exposed to fungal (mold) spores through direct contact with contaminated building materials and contents. More commonly...

METH: THE NEW MOLD New Markets in Clandestine Laboratory Clean-up.
Clandestine labs have become prevalent across America. They are used for the illicit production of illegal drugs, mostly methamphetamine, PCP, GHB, or MDA (Ecstasy). Some labs have even been found with the raw materials used to concoct homemade bombs. Law enforcement...

How Can TO-15 Help You Solve Your Next IAQ Problem?
Have you ever been asked to investigate unpleasant odors in a home or at the workplace? Are occupants developing headaches or a feeling of nausea? It may be prudent for you to...

Florida Engineering Society – Mold Article - Understanding mold in the indoor environment.
We can solve the mold problem. Understanding the basic ecology of fungi will lead us down the correct path. Yes, it will take some effort to change the way we think about building design, construction, and maintenance but...

Mycotoxins: Emergent Health Issue in IAQ.
The name mycotoxin is derived from the Greek word 'mykes' meaning fungus and the Latin word 'toxicum' meaning poison. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungi (including moulds) that cause illness or death in humans or animals, typically through ingestion. Some mycotoxins are also toxic to plants or other microorganisms (called antibiotics). Fungi produce many different...

IAQ investigators often overlook bacteria as the root cause of occupant complaints.
Many investigators have been dealing with mold issues the last few years and may have been overlooking bacteria as the underlying microbial problem. Bacteria typically outnumber fungi in the indoor air and may also account for foul odor problems. Bacterial contamination of HVAC systems has also been linked to hypersensitivity pneumonitis in building occupants. Bacteria are different than all other life forms on earth because...

The Future of Biowarfare.
In the July issue of IE Connections, Tom Anderson of RestCon Environmental developed an excellent overview of the current biological weapons and response mechanisms. The next step is to present information about the future of biowarfare. What devious concoctions may be developed and used on future battlegrounds or terrorist attacks? What is the future of detection systems? Some of the answers to these questions are...

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