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Fast Test for Micro-Organisms

      3/26/1999

Micro-organisms can live in fuel and oils and often cause fouling, corrosion and failure of equipment. An early detection on-board would help with corrective procedures before operational problems surface. A quantitative test for spoilage micro-organisms in fuel and other liquids can now be carried out on-board in just a few minutes with a system claimed to be a world first by its British developers, CHA Microbiology.
SMARTGEL was initially developed to tackle potentially calamitous microbiological fouling, spoilage and corrosion in gas, oil diesel, engine fuel, and lubricating and hydraulic oils. However, it can also be used to test almost any fluid, whether oil or water-based. The test is easy to perform by non-specialist staff and produces results in a few hours - usually overnight. The quality of the results is claimed to be equivalent to the standard laboratory-based agar plate count method, which can take up to four days. This is largely because laboratory methods require a sample to be pre-treated before testing.
Using SMARTGEL, a measured sample of fuel (or other liquid) is added to a thixotropic nutrient gel, which promotes the growth of bacteria, yeast's and mold. The gel is shaken (to disperse the sample), allowed to reset and then incubated. During incubation, microbes in the sample reproduce to form visible purple colonies, which are counted and equate to the number of microbes originally in the sample. The test can be used to set up early warning monitoring programs and to validate avoidance and remedial strategies.
More information: ECHA Microbiology Ltd


 


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