Certain features of will be down for maintenance Saturday afternoon/evening, February 24th starting at 3:00 pm CT until 9:00 pm CT.

Please note that you still have telephone and email access to our local offices. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Bacteria and molds are part of nature and are sometimes responsible for disease, spoilage of nutrients and drinking water, and corrosion; however, they are essential for keeping the ecosystem balance, to process nutrients, and for production of diverse industrial materials.

Aim of microbiologists:
  • reproducible growth of their microbial cultures (requires defined environmental conditions with respect to energy source, temperature, pH and nutrients)
  • reproducible and reliable tests to identify and differentiate microorganisms
  • reproducible reagents for science

  • detection, enumeration, differentiation and identification of organisms
  • biotechnology industry (fermentation of foods, pharmaceuticals etc.)
  • science (study single genes and their proteins, nature of organisms, etc.)