Mold, Fungi and Spores

Microtrace encounters mold, fungal hyphae, rusts, smuts, and spores in the course of analyses involving dust samples, food complaints, and insurance claims.  In some cases, these particles are found in more unusual places: in an investigation into the premature failure of natural brush bristle samples, which had been imported from a foreign source, our scientists found that the failure was associated with the buildup of bacterial spores (see photo in album above).  Additional research indicated that this was consistent with a common porcine infection.

Our scientists perform basic identification and classification services, which are sufficient in most cases.  When necessary, we use our library and reference collections to perform more detailed identifications.  Additionally, we work with specialized mycologists to perform advanced identifications to ensure that our clients receive the level of information necessary to resolve their questions.

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