microbe at PEAK.ORG
Fri Nov 3 08:59:07 EST 1995
You can get many cultures from the American Type Culture Collection,
12301 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD 20852.
I applaud your efforts, but I have a concern about potential misuse by
IH's. It is almost always the case that someone in a hurry decides that
the macroscopic picture of a culture will do, and that a microscope is
not necessary. This usually results in misidentification, and possibly
a major mis-diagnosis of the problem. As you know, macroscopic appearances
of cultures are highly variable, depending on media, growth conditions,
etc. So, PLEASE, put in your accompany text in a conspicuous place that
macroscopic looks at the culture plate or tube is insufficient for
identification, and an unprofessional practice for an IH.
Cascade Research Associates
& Abbey Lane Laboratory
microbe at peak.org
Doug Rice (drice at drice.ehs.colostate.edu) wrote:
: Hello fellow fungal folks,
: I have embarked on a challenging project that will require the assistance of
: all of you. Scientists and hobyists alike. I have begun collecting fungal
: cultures that have been isolated from air samples, specifically the Anderson
: impactor. I hope to amass a large (75-100) collection to create the
: definitive (!) identification guide of airborne fungi for Industrial
: Hygienists. I realize that there are excellent texts already available;
: namely Siwert Nilsson's Eurpean Atlas and Grant Smith's Allergenic Pollens and
: Molds. However, most IH's would like to see the culture as it appears on
: the plate along with the photomicrograph of the spore.
: Here's where you can help: 1) I need to know where to purchase a
: large volume of fungal cultures, possibly 50 genera. 2) If you have fungal
: cultures isolated from the air I would like to talk to you about a trade,
: loan, or purchase. and 3) If you are collecting similar data, let's compare
: notes. I would like to include extensive statistics in my text concerning the
: prevalence of genera in specific environments.
: Many, many thanks in advance.
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