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Aggressive vs. Passive Mold Sampling Presentation Available Online


In May of this year thousands of industrial hygiene professionals from across the globe gathered in Portland, Oregon. They came to attend the premier conference and exposition for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.

One of the most highly anticipated presentations at the Expo theatre was given by Lisa Rogers and Dr. Morten Reeslev from Mycometer, Inc. Their technical presentation, “Aggressive vs. Passive Mold Sampling”, gave new insight into the pros and cons of both methods. They discussed whether the use of an aggressive sampling technique, instead of the usual passive sampling techniques, could reduce variability caused by the presence and activity of humans in building spaces that aerosolize deposited reservoirs of fungal particles.

The Mycometer®-air sampling methodology was utilized throughout the research for the presentation. Mycometer®-air is a versatile analytical tool for quantifying airborne fungal biomass onsite. The aim of the method is to provide a rapid, repeatable method for professionals to use when making critical decisions during assessment or post remediation. Mycometer®-air provides unprecedented reliability and speed over current methods along with objective, validated criteria for documenting and delineating the amount of fungal biomass in the air.

“Mycometer®-air measures both viable and non-viable spores, hyphae and fungal particles such as hyphal fragments to give the most comprehensive representation possible,” reported Lisa Rogers, President of Mycometer, Inc. (USA). “The level of fungal aerosols is determined by measurements of the activity of the fungal related enzyme β-N-acetylhexosaminidase (NAHA). The field portable method allows IH and IAQ professionals to analyze high volume, more representative air samples with no overloading that could interfere with other types of analysis. Samples can be collected with traditional air sampling pumps in liquids or on standard filter media,” she continued.

The entire presentation is available online at:

To learn more, please visit Mycometer at, email or call (813) 831-6511.

About Mycometer, Inc. (USA)
Mycometer was founded in 1998 as a spin off from a research group at the University of Copenhagen. Today the company has offices in Tampa, Florida and Copenhagen, Denmark. The company develops test kits for the detection and quantification of microorganisms. Their Mycometer®-test and the BactiQuant® method are utilized by the indoor air quality, healthcare, food processing, manufacturing and water industries across the globe.


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