Product Spotlight - March 2020

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Quantifying, specifying and targeting the organisms found in water and wastewater systems is a major component in a utility’s effort to release the cleanest effluent back into the water system. LuminUltra Technologies microbial monitoring recently launched their portfolio of DNA-based solutions designed to deliver a rapid, accurate quantification of the total microbial population in a sample.

The GeneCount DNA-based solution offers insight on which microbes — good or bad — make up that population, helping users devise tailored solutions for microbial management. GeneCount Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) analysis lets users rapidly screen for specific microbes or groups of microbes known to be significant in their processes. The analysis can detect low levels of the targeted organisms and quantify their populations.

“Our ATP (adenosine triphosphate) technology was already recognized as an effective way to rapidly monitor microbiological content in water. Now, with GeneCount, we can show exactly what types of microbes are present. This allows system operators to better manage the cause-and-effect relationships on their systems,” says Pat Whalen, LuminUltra president and CEO. “Customers who use our products and services are able to maintain stable operating conditions through proactive monitoring. They can also quickly identify and solve problems when they arise. That saves them money and helps keep systems running more smoothly.”

Users can select from three options to suit their operations, including in-house Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and qPCR services in which the company does the testing, turnkey qPCR workflow as a service to clients, or the purchase of a portable qPCR device for in-house testing.

GeneCount NGS analysis lets users see what is happening inside their processes by identifying nearly all types of microbes present along with an insight into what benefit or harm they may be causing. Together, the systems help users understand the cause-and-effect relationships microbes are having, see trends and understand future triggers for proactive decision-making, adjust biocide to account for the changes detected and apply targeted treatments for harmful organisms.

“Our GeneCount line is flexible, so no matter what a customer’s current level of DNA knowledge, we can accommodate their needs,” says Neil Sharma, LuminUltra’s vice president of Product Development. “With all GeneCount solutions, we provide fast results, comprehensive training and ongoing support.” 506-459-8777;


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