Fungi are present in virtually all environments and affect us in many ways. Spores of many fungal species have been documented as important causes of allergy when inhaled. Airborne fungal spores are commonly trapped from the air to evaluate the potential human exposure to fungal allergens. Fungal spore trapping is also commonly used in crop disease outbreak predictions so that suitable control measures can be undertaken in advance to avoid crop losses.
Fungal spore identification and enumeration are highly specialized skills. The purpose of this course is to help participants develop the competence to accurately identify and enumerate the wide variety of airborne spore types and differentiate them from other biological and non-biological particles.
This course is designed to help fungal spore analysts learn necessary skills including: air sampling methods, sampling protocols, sample preparation, spore identification, counting procedures, conversions to concentration per cubic meter of air and proper reporting methods. Though the course is designed for beginners, it will greatly help those who have analyzed spores for a few months to a year to expand their knowledge and improve their skills. Air sampling will focus on Air-O-Cells and other impaction-type spore traps.
Topics covered in the Fungal Spore Identification Training Course
The course mold inspection, identification and control course has 8 topics and each topic has its own quiz. The 8 topics are:
- Important Groups Of Indoor Fungi
- Equipment and Other Materials
- Air Sampling For Fungal Spores
- Sample Handling
- How to identify fungal spores
- How to Analyze Non-viable Samples
- How to Report Analytical Results
- How To Interpret Laboratory Reports
Who might benefit from Airborne Fungal Spore Sampling, Identification, Enumeration and Data Interpretation course?
You may benefit from this course if you are:
- A company considering starting their own in-house laboratory
- A laboratory analyst
- A person considering aerobiology as a career
- A micronbiologist who would like to start their own lab
- An industrial hygiene consultant who would like to be analyzing their own samples