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Damp materials or high humidity environments contribute to preferential conditions for mould growth. Moulds are capable of colonising and persisting on a vast array of surfaces due to their role in nature in the decomposition and nutrient recycling process in the environment. After flooding or water damage has occurred, insufficient remediation of the affected buildings can lead to favourable conditions for mould/fungal growth, both visible and hidden. Floor coverings such as vinyl, laminate and carpets as well as underlying insulation should be replaced where necessary. Where not replaced or left untreated, flooring can act as a favourable substrate for microbial growth. Additionally, any underflooring materials such as chipboard or joists should be replaced without hesitation if damaged, while any modifications such as cracks, heaves or discolouration may be indicative of damage that needs to remediated.

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airmid healthgroup ltd has been shortlisted for the Testing Laboratory of the Year Award 2013. The Irish Laboratory Awards promote and celebrate the success and achievements of Ireland's leading companies in the world of science.

inab-ilac-logoIn May 2011 airmid healthgroup ltd became the world’s first ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited testing laboratory for Der p 1 (house dust mite allergen) & Fel d 1 (cat allergen) analysis.

iosh-logoThe Health Friendly Air division of airmid healthgroup are delighted to have been invited to host a seminar entitled “Indoor Air Exposure in the Workplace and Legal Compliance” on Thursday 19th September at our facilities in the Trinity Enterprise Campus in Dublin.  The event is being organised by the Ireland branch of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health), the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world.

Last week, we discussed the most effective bed bug feeding method—the live host method using human and animal blood—as well as its shortcomings. In this week's installment of our three-part series on bed bug research, we will cover the first of the two main artificial feeding methods in use today: the water bath method.

Bed Bug Feeding

Goddard. Feeding by the Common Bedbug. 2009.

In the first part of our three-part series on bed bug research, we will cover the most effective method of feeding laboratory reared bed bug colonies in terms of cost and reliability—the live host method. Humans or animals can be used and while both methods are effective, each presents its own challenges.

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It’s summer—the prime time of the year for travel. Yet, with the hustle and bustle of hotels, luggage, airports, and rental cars, summer travelling also starkly correlates with rises in bed bug problems. To assist in tackling this issue, airmid healthgroup presents a special three-part blog series to provide advice to researchers looking to combat the spread of these insects. Over the nextthreeweeks, airmid healthgroup will discuss methods to keep bed bugs alive for research and their associated challenges.

ciara keenan airmid healthgroupairmid healthgroup is pleased to welcome Ciara Keenan, on a 3 week internship as part of the science team. Entering her 3rd year as an undergraduate in the University of Limerick, Ciara is pursuing a B.Sc. in Food Science and Health. During her 3 weeks at airmid healthgroup, Ciara will be working with Máire Fox, M.Sc., Laboratory Manager, Dr. Angela Southey, Head of Virology and Environmental Test Chambers, John Fallon, PhD, Senior Scientific officer, Natasha Gordon, PhD, R&D manager and Noelle Dromgoole, Occupational Hygienist and will gain hands-on-experience in the Allergen and Microbiology laboratories as well as in the Environmental Test Chambers. She will also participate in Environmental Field Studies. 

Irish Fungal Meeting

airmid healthgroup was delighted to attend the Irish Fungal Meeting which was held in NUI Maynooth on the 20th and 21st of June 2013. At the conference, an impressive collection of national and international delegates from academia and industry presented research in the fast developing area of fungal biology.