The RMS Ttitanic was the largest liners ever built between 1911 and 1912; she was 269 meters long and 28 meters wide made of 1-inch-thick steel and iron. When the wreck was later discovered in 1985 on the ocean floor, it was able to shed light on the details of the sunken ship.
Today we are taking a closer look at Escherichia coli (E. coli). In hygiene-sensitive industries, testing for E. coli is considered a good indicator of poor or failed hygiene systems.
What makes Aspergillus thrive? Aspergillus spp. are ubiquitous environmental moulds that grow and disperse microscopic spores (conidia) into the air in both long and short distances; when they encounter solid or liquid surfaces and the conditions are right, they are deposited and proceed to germinate.
The genus Campylobacter contains motile, non-spore forming Gram-negative bacteria that typically appear comma- or s-shaped. Campylobacter contains 22 species among which Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli are the well-known species mainly responsible for gastroenteritis in humans.
Although recycling has been at an all-time push, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics continue to be extensively used in everyday products. However, a recent breakthrough to help with this issue comes from none other than the microbiology world!
First observed in 1960, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a Gram-positive, multi-drug resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus. Whilst some MRSA infections are minor, some infections can be life-threatening.
The species we are discussing in this blog is Listeria monocytogenes, one of the two species within the genus that is considered a major human pathogen. Listeria monocytogenes specifically refers to the bacterium that contaminates food and causes Listeriosis if ingested.
In this blog, we would like to delve deeper into the testing method ISO 22196 and the key differences between the strains of bacteria used – Staphylococcus aureus vs MRSA. Commonly BioLabTests test against MRSA, but we can also test against Staphylococcus aureus.
The beginning of April 2022 saw yet another Salmonella outbreak, this time across multiple countries, including the UK. To better understand what causes Salmonella, what makes it thrive and how to avoid it, in today’s ‘Microbial Top Facts’, our microbiologists discuss this particular bacterium.
With this year’s Academy Awards being hosted for the 94th time on Sunday, we thought to award some trophies to different microorganisms. Keep on reading to find out who ‘snatched the trophy’!