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EMSL Contributes to the Discovery of a New Fungal Species

EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing for fungal species in their microbiology laboratories.


Cinnaminson, NJ, November 14, 2013

EMSL scientist, Dr. Zelijko Jurjevic, and colleague Stephen W. Peterson from the USDA, Peoria, IL, have contributed to the discovery of a new fungal species known as Talaromyces columbinus sp. nov., a potential human pathogen.

Talaromyces columbinus has previously been reported as a causal organism in certain human lung infections under the name Penicillium piceum.

This new fungus was isolated from environmental samples across the United States, including a sample of corn products.

The research has been published in the October 2013 issue of PLoS One (Volume 8: Issue 10: e78084).

“EMSL is proud to have scientists that contribute to the industry at such a sophisticated level, demonstrating the quality of our microbiology divisions,” states Dr. Jason Dobranic, EMSL Analytical Inc.’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences. “EMSL Analytical provides advanced testing to detect microorganisms in environmental samples at our fully equipped and accredited microbiology laboratories located throughout the United States.”

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About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.



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