The experts say that fungal species identification is the key to an accurate mold exposure assessment. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists included a whole chapter dedicated to mold exposure assessment in the 1999 publication “Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control.” However, many investigators do not follow these guidelines and continue to use technology that not only provides genus level accuracy, like a spore trap. It is now 2012 and new technologies are energizing the industry. Breakthroughs in the world of molecular biology provide industrial hygienists with access to rapid and accurate DNA detection technology. The biases of spore trap and culture based inertial impaction technologies are becoming non-issue when investigators elect to use advanced mTrap technology. The mTrap was developed to standardize fungal species identification by providing the resolution necessary to identify airborne mold exposure issues. Data interpretation is no longer fuzzy. The mTrap ensures that the investigator is equipped with the necessary confidence to compare outside to inside fungal species.
Mold Species Identification Required for Accurate Mold Exposure Assessment
About the Author: Edward Sobek, PhD, MBA
Dr. Edward Sobek has 25 years of experience in microbiology and indoor air quality. He has a master’s degree in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University, where he studied Fusarium disease transmission in field crops. He received his doctorate degree from Texas Tech University where he studied the ecology of desert molds (mitosporic fungi). He obtained his Executive MBA in Healthcare leadership from the University of Tennessee's presidious Haslam School of Business in 2016. Dr. Sobek is an active researcher. He holds the appointment of Senior Research Scientist with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Environmental Biotechnology CEB and has developed and patented several mold detection technologies. He is a sought after speaker on the scientific circuit by educational and governmental organizations that are anxious to learn how to use DNA to detect mold in residential and commercial properties. He has also published a variety of scientific papers, book chapters, white papers, and trade articles for the IAQ industry.