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Eurofins has been providing microbiology testing for mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) parameters since 2001. Eurofins is AIHA-LAP, LLC accredited for environmental microbiology for the direct examination of fungi for air and bulk. Our laboratory staff includes experienced microbiologists and a CIH Lab Director available to answer questions and interpret laboratory results. Sampling supplies are available at a nominal cost.

Non-Viable Mold

Non-viable analysis by direct microscopy is the most widely used method to identify mold spores because it is convenient and cost effective. The disadvantage of non-viable testing is that mold spores can be more difficult to identify to the genus level.

Surface Tape List, Bulk, Swab Direct Microscopy
Airborne Sporetrap (Air-O-Cell, Allergenco-D, etc.) Direct Microscopy

Viable Mold

Viable analysis using standard mycology practices provides a more accurate identification of mold spores because the cultured samples are more easily identifiable to the genus level. The disadvantage of viable testing is that it takes 7 to 14 days to culture samples and often not all the mold spore types proliferate.

Bulk Bulk, Dust Standard Mycology
Airborne Andersen Sampler, Impactor Standard Mycology
Surface Swab Standard Mycology

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

IAQ analysis can be performed for dust characterization, allergens, and a number of other IAQ contaminants. Microscopy techniques vary depending on the sample type.

Dust Characterization Direct Microscopy
Allergens Mite and Animal Advanced Biotechnology
Bacteria Sewer and Various Standard Bacteriology