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Environmental testing uncovers potential health threats

Microbes and the toxins they produce can present a significant health threat. Identifying these hazards in water and soil through environmental testing is therefore essential for protecting human health.

Industry and government agencies rely on environmental analyses to discern whether even trace amounts of chemical or microbial contaminants have compromised a site. Authenticated microbial controls ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data these programs generate.

Our customers have come to ATCC for nearly 100 years to secure the high-quality microbial cultures needed for routine environmental testing and for the development of innovative solutions to environmental problems. Explore our resources below to see how we can help you maintain your outstanding testing programs.

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Bioremediation techniques utilize aerobic and anaerobic microbial species to reduce biological contamination by breaking down pollutants into non-toxic substances. Explore our collection of microbial strains to see how we can support this area of research.

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Biocontrol uses natural enemies as a pest management strategy. To support research on biocontrol, ATCC offers a variety of authenticated bacteria and fungi with potential biocontrol applications against weeds, nematodes, microbial pathogens, arthropods, and more!

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Biofuel production

The finite nature of fossil fuels has led to interest in the production of alternative fuels that are renewable. To support this research, ATCC offers a variety of microbial strains with potential biofuel production capabilities. Explore our collection of algae, bacteria, and fungi to get started.

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Water testing

Water testing is critical to preventing the spread of waterborne diseases and to providing safe drinking water to people worldwide. ATCC offers a variety of microbial strains for use in water testing and bioremediation of contaminated groundwater and surface water, including common contaminants such as Enterococcus, Escherichia, and Giardia species.

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