National Physical Laboratory

Aspergillus fumigatus Bioaerosol Monitoring Service

Bioaerosols are airborne particles (usually less than 20 μm in diameter) consisting of, or originating from, microorganisms. NPL has developed a faster and more efficient method for monitoring the emissions of Aspergillus fumigatus from composting sites.

The method is based on cyclone air sampling and qPCR: a molecular biology technique which amplifies and simultaneously quantifies a targeted DNA molecule.

Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR)

The method has a detection limit of 100 spores/m3. The key advantages of this monitoring service over traditional microbiological methods are:

Aspergillus fumigatus Bioaerosol Monitoring Service
  • Short sampling times
  • Rapid analysis
  • High sensitivity and broad detection range
  • Species specific
  • Detects total spore count (viable and non-viable)

Aids differentiation between background spore levels and site specific emissions.

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Last Updated: 29 Jun 2015
Created: 5 Nov 2013


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