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Dr. Summerbell’s new book

Published: November 4th, 2010

Revised: July 14th, 2011

There is always joy in the laboratory when a brand new mould identification book appears. When the book has hundreds of colour photos to help with fungal identification, it is especially celebrated.

Eyes widened around here when we brought in the first copies of Identifying Fungi, by Guy St.-Germain and our own Research Director, Richard Summerbell. This book is so new that its copyright date is listed as 2011. It is the follow-up second edition to the same authors’ highly successful Identifying Filamentous Fungi from 1997. It differs from the previous edition not just in being updated with all the new fungal names and new clinical and ecological information, but also in documenting the major medically important yeasts for the first time. The well illustrated sections on ‘Methods’ and ‘Culture Media and Stains’ have also been upgraded to include yeast-related information alongside recently developed practical methods for filamentous fungi. The only molecular techniques documented are the few that are well established as part of the medical mycology routine, e.g., probe tests for dimorphic fungi.

This 377-page book includes 239 pages of illustrated descriptions of medically important fungi plus all the common airborne fungi that grow as contaminants from biomedical samples. Some important genera such as Aspergillus and Trichophyton have species-level descriptions, but this is predominantly a book for identifying fungi at the genus level. There are dichotomous keys to the genera, plus an illustrated key based on colours and shapes. The descriptions themselves emphasize easy-to-read bullet points. The book also includes an explanatory introduction, a glossary of terms, information on safety and quality control, and extensive documentation of methods. A bibliography of advanced and alternative literature is given. Clade associations are noted for each species to help those who need to interpret molecular results (e.g., GenBank blast searches). The robust binding is made to allow the book to lie flat on the benchtop, facilitating use. What looks like it should be a $175 technical book actually sells for under $100.

Identifying Fungi, A Clinical Laboratory Handbook, Second Edition, 2011
Guy St.-Germain & Richard Summerbell
Star Publishing Co. Ltd., Belmont, CA, USA
ISBN 978-08986-311-5

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AIHA Accreditation ISO:IEC 17025 awarded to Sporometrics

Published: August 19th, 2010

Revised: November 5th, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Sporometrics has recently become
fully accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard by the
American Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP, LLC).

Accredited Laboratory

Accreditation represents the single most comprehensive and
widely recognized international credential in the performance of
environmental microbiological laboratory analyses of a range of
matrices from the built environment.

Our dedication to the ongoing and rigorous quality assurance practices
mandated by this accreditation represents our continued commitment to
you and your clients. We thank you for your business and value your
suggestions as we continue to improve the quality of our services.

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