Microscopic organisms, commonly known as microorganisms or microbes, are found all around us and even inside our bodies. The category ‘microbes’ includes a massive range of organisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, algae, archaea and protozoa.
With society returning to a bit of normality, beer gardens and pubs have opened their doors for us again, just in time for National Beer Day. To mark the occasion, our BioLabTests scientists have looked at the microorganisms behind one of the nation’s favourite alcoholic drinks.
National Cheese Day is celebrated annually in the United States on the 4th of June and even has a sister holiday for us in the UK in January called National Cheese Lovers Day. BioLabTests have looked at just how important microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi are in cheese production.
NASA has conducted many experiments after finding the presence of bacteria on the outer surface of the international space station. To mark International Astronomy Day we look into the effects of microgravity on bacteria and how this can contribute to space travel.
To mark British Science Week, we thought we would give you an insight into the key aspect of our day-to-day testing work. Here at BioLabTests, we work primarily with bacteria, yeasts and fungi. No matter which test we do, there will be a point at which we try and grow microorganisms.
Continuing our blog series of microbial top facts, today we feature Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), a bacterium cultured frequently at our laboratory. It was discovered in 1882 by Carle Gessard through an experiment that identified this microbe by its water-soluble pigments that turned a blue-green when exposed to ultra-violet light.
With a type of the bacteria used in our laboratory for testing, we wanted to shine a light on Shigella in our microbial top facts blog series. The genus is divided in to four serogroups with multiple serotypes all of which vary significantly in genetic structure, the latter being one of the bacteria that can be tested for at our laboratory.
This year’s British Science Week focuses on theme “Innovating for the future”, celebrating the diverse world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Our scientists at BioLabtests took a closer look at existing research into bacteria that can harness the ability to produce electrical energy, the so called Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) Technology.
BioLabTests offers a wide range of testing, some of our services for antimicrobial testing include the Kirby Bauer Test and the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) Testing. Here we share further information on the tests, their purpose for real-life applications and of course some trivia about the origins of the agar used for this type of testing.
Rising atmospheric CO2 levels, attributed to human activities such as agriculture, have been a consistent topic of debate and research in the past few decades. To mark World Environment Day, our BioLabTests scientist looked at new research that promises to tackle climate change.