Saturday, 30 March 2013

Fungal spore detection

A new method has been developed for measuring levels of indoor fungal spores. The scientists describe a new method, which involves collecting air samples on a piece of commercially available aluminum foil, and then analyzing the spores with a technique called Raman microspectroscopy (RMS). They used the method to detect and identify single spores from seven common types of mold. The team says that use of the new test could help with many problems in the public health, forensics sciences and environmental fields.

The object was to develop a fast and easy method that can reliably detect and identify low levels of airborne mold – even single spores. The findings have been published in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology.

The paper is by Sutapa Ghosal et al and is titled “Raman Microspectroscopy-Based Identification of Individual Fungal Spores as Potential Indicators of Indoor Contamination and Moisture-Related Building Damage”.

Posted by Tim Sandle