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EMLab P&K Microbiologist Publishes Microfungi Research in Cryptogamie Mycologie

Microbiologist from EMLab P&K's Phoenix microbiology laboratory publishes 'Microfungi from Nicaragua in a Historical Collection Kept at the Herbarium of the Charles University in Prague' in Cryptogamie Mycologie.

South San Francisco, CA, May 31, 2016 – EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, announces that Cryptogamie Mycologie has published a peer-reviewed article authored by Gregorio Delgado, a microbiologist from EMLab P&K’s Phoenix microbiology laboratory in collaboration with Dr. Ondrej Koukol, a mycologist from Charles University in Prague. The article appears in Cryptogamie, Mycologie 37 (1): 15-36, 2016.

"EMLab P&K continues to lead and shape the IAQ industry by contributing to respected industry publications like Cryptogamie Mycologie," states Dave Gallup, EMLab P&K’s General Manager and Co-Founder. "Contributing to respected industry publications like Cryptogamie Mycologie is just one of the ways EMLab P&K continues to pioneer today’s IAQ industry. We are proud that Gregorio Delgado continues leading the way with meaningful and data-driven research. Our microbiologists and analysts demonstrate EMLab P&K’s continuous commitment to innovation, research, and education."

The microbiology research included studying a set of historical specimens collected by American mycologist Charles Leonard Smith in southeastern Nicaragua in 1896 and currently deposited at the Herbarium of the Charles University in Prague (PRC). The samples were examined for the presence of microfungi and despite the age of the specimens, 22 taxa were identified, 17 of them to species level and other five to generic level. All were recorded for the first time from Nicaragua. Cryptophiale cf. kakombensis and Sporoschisma juvenile were found associated with their putative teleomorphic states. Historical facts surrounding the expedition source of the samples and bibliographical data about Smith are also included in the article.

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Gregorio Delgado has a Master’s Degree in Botany and Mycology and nearly two decades of experience in environmental microbiology with taxonomic expertise in microfungi. Delgado has worked at EMLab P&K for more than a decade where he performs microbiological analysis to identify fungi, molds and other biological particles. He has been published extensively and is credited with the discovery of numerous fungal species. .

About EMLab P&K
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