Spore Trap & Biotape Analysis/Particle Identification

Engineering & Environmental Consulting in Arkansas

Environmental & Food Safety Laboratory

SPORE TRAP AND BIOTAPE ANALYSIS / PARTICLE IDENTIFICATION

Mold Analysis in Hot Springs, AR
The importance of analyzing air and surface samples for the presence of mold spores is to provide competent and reliable answers to the inspector so that the information provided will help tell the story of indoor air quality issues in the setting under investigation.

ATOKA provides Spore Trap and Biotape analysis in its Little Rock laboratory. Our newest addition to the laboratory staff is Matthew Chance Villines. He is a certified Mycologist with the Pan American Aerobiology Certification Board. He possesses a keen knowledge of mycology and his fourteen years of experience in the field qualifies him for interpretation and assistance in diagnosing indoor air quality problems.
Clients of ATOKA may submit their samples directly to the Little Rock laboratory at 11701 Interstate 30 – Building 1, Suite 119 – Little Rock, AR 72209. For your convenience, a downloadable chain-of-custody form is available on this site. Simply click on Lab Services in the heading and scroll down to Lab Forms, then open and print.
Mold Analysis in Little Rock, AR
Laboratory Reports are submitted either by e-mail or direct mail, and if you prefer, both mailings are available. As your needs dictate, a choice of turnaround times are available. Simply indicate your choice on the chain-of-custody and you will receive your report as directed. A copy of the Spore Trap Analysis report is shown on the back page in an easy-to-read format with the identities of all spore types found in the sample and a breakdown of quantities and percentages opposite the spore type. ATOKA prides itself in accurate identifications and enumeration of mold spores. Internal QA methods provide assurances of accuracy and repeatability.

Interpretation of Data Spore bearing structures are identified (when present) which presents a clearer picture of the extent of environmental contamination. These structures appear in various forms.  
  • Hyphomycetes (the Imperfect fungi) – common indoor contaminants which include such fungi as Aspergillus, Penicillium, Stachybotrys. Spores are produced on conidiophores. 
  • Ascomycetes (sac fungi) – produce spores from ascocarps (sac like structures bearing 4-8 spores). Examples are Chaetomium, Petriella, Ascotricha and others. 
  • Pycnidia (asexual fruiting body, often spherical or pear-shaped) – inside the pycnidia are found spores lining the cavity. When present in air samples, it is the only indicator of its presence. 
  • Basidiomycetes (mushroom fungi) – spores produced from a basidia; hyphae with clamp connections are detectable in the air.
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