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By Steve Mcleod May 7, 2024


10 Molds and 50 Mycotoxins Evaluated

(EMMA) is for Clinically Significant Mold and Mycotoxins

Understanding EMMA: Your Solution for Mold and Mycotoxin Detection

Why Mold and Mycotoxin Detection Matters

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Poor indoor air quality can trigger inflammation, headaches and fatigue

Indoor air quality is a significant health concern, often overlooked until symptoms demand our attention. Molds and mycotoxins can lurk in our homes or workplaces, leading to a range of health issues from allergies to more severe chronic conditions. The Environmental Mold and Mycotoxin Assessment (EMMA) provides a comprehensive approach to detecting these hidden dangers and safeguarding your health by identifying the most harmful molds and mycotoxins.

Molds and Mycotoxins We Test For

The EMMA test is specifically designed to identify ten of the most relevant mold species and fifty dangerous mycotoxins using innovative technology:

  • Mold Species: Includes Aspergillus flavus, known for producing aflatoxin which is linked to liver cancer; Stachybotrys chartarum, notorious for its severe toxicity and association with sick building syndrome; among others.
  • Mycotoxins: Our test covers a broad-spectrum including Aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, G2), highly toxic compounds that can affect liver function and immune system response, and Ochratoxins, which are potent neurotoxins.
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Next generation sequencing (NGS)

How EMMA Stands Above the Rest

Utilizing Molecular Detection through MSQPCR and advanced LC/MS/MS technologies, EMMA offers unparalleled specificity and sensitivity in mold and mycotoxin detection. This comprehensive approach ensures that our testing is not only accurate but also superior to other market offerings, providing a detailed profile of indoor environmental health.

Cutting-Edge Science You Can Trust

NGS Can study how we interact with the microbial co-inhabitants.

By applying Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology, EMMA offers a comprehensive view of microbial inhabitants in your environment without the limitations of traditional methods. This advanced sequencing provides a detailed analysis of genetic material, allowing us to detect and quantify a wide array of microorganisms with precision.

Stay Informed and Safe

To keep our clients informed, we regularly update our content with the latest findings and advancements in the field of microbiology and indoor air quality testing. This commitment ensures that our clients always have access to the most current and relevant information.

Do not wait for symptoms to tell you there is a problem. Contact Indoor Environmental Systems Inc. today to schedule your EMMA test and take the first step towards a healthier indoor environment. Visit our website or reach out directly through our contact page to learn more about custom microbiota and IAQ testing for your home or office.

EMMA Mold and Mycotoxin Assessment

Molds Tested Mycotoxins Detected
1. Aspergillus flavus 1. Aflatoxin B1
2. Aspergillus fumigatus 2. Aflatoxin B2
3. Aspergillus niger 3. Aflatoxin G1
4. Aspergillus ochraceus 4. Aflatoxin G2
5. Aspergillus penicillioides 5. Ochratoxin A
6. Aspergillus versicolor 6. Ochratoxin B
7. Chaetomium globosum 7. Ochratoxin C
8. Cladosporium sphaerospermum 8. Sterigmatocystin
9. Penicillium brevicompactum 9. Citrinin
10. Stachybotrys chartarum 10. Mycophenolic Acid

Mycotoxins Tested

11. Diacetoxyscirpenol 12. Fusarenon X
13. Nivalenol 14. T-2 Toxin
15. HT-2 Toxin 16. Neosolaniol
17. Satratoxin G 18. Satratoxin H
19. Isosatratoxin F 20. Roridin A
21. Roridin E 22. Roridin H
23. Roridin L-2 24. Verrucarin A
25. Verrucarin J 26. Enniatin A
27. Enniatin A1 28. Enniatin B
29. Enniatin B1 30. Beauvericin
31. Patulin 32. Gliotoxin
33. Cyclopiazonic Acid 34. Viomellein
35. Verruculogen 36. Roquefortine C
37. Chrysogine 38. Emodin
39. Physcion 40. Questin
41. Questinol 42. Ochratoxin α
43. 3-Nitropropionic Acid 44. Zearalenone
45. Zearalenol 46. Alternariol
47. Alternariol monomethyl ether 48. Tentoxin
49. Mycophenolic acid 50. Fumonisin B1, B2, B3

Most Harmful Mycotoxins and Associated Health Concerns

Mycotoxin Associated Health Concerns
Aflatoxin B1 Highly carcinogenic; linked to liver cancer, immune suppression, and growth impairment.
Ochratoxin A Causes kidney damage and possibly cancer; linked to urinary tract tumors and immunosuppression.
Trichothecenes Includes Satratoxin G and T-2 Toxin; causes severe irritation to skin and mucous membranes, immune suppression, and organ damage.
Fumonisins Linked to esophageal cancer and neural tube defects in infants; causes liver and kidney damage.
Zearalenone Mimics estrogen leading to reproductive disturbances, infertility, and has carcinogenic properties.
Sterigmatocystin Potentially carcinogenic; causes liver and kidney damage similar to aflatoxins.
Patulin Toxic to the immune system and possibly carcinogenic; associated with inflammation and ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract.
Citrinin Renal toxin which can cause kidney failure; often co-occurs with Ochratoxin A, enhancing its toxicity.
Ergot alkaloids Causes ergotism, which can lead to gangrene, hallucinations, and convulsions.
Gliotoxin Immunosuppressive; strongly associated with exacerbation of lung infections in individuals with compromised immune systems.

This table is not exhaustive but highlights key mycotoxins that are crucial to monitor due to their significant health risks. Each entry in this table has been selected based on the severity of health issues they can cause, underscoring the importance of comprehensive mycotoxin testing in indoor environments like homes and workplaces.

Experience & Trust.

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Indoor Environmental Consulting Services.

IES is Provides air quality services in the United States and internationally and specializes in analyzing samples to determine the presence of mold, bacteria, and other microorganisms (including ERMI, HERTSMI-2, Actino, Mycotoxins, Endotoxins, etc.).

IES collaborates with environmental and medical experts who make crucial decisions about the indoor environment that have an impact on the health of our communities. We employ research and innovation to produce reliable data that people can rely on and to develop time and resource-saving solutions.

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Next generation sequencing
NGS Can study how we interact with the microbial co-inhabitants.

By the application of NGS, we can study how you interact with the microbial co-inhabitants without being limited by the methodological constraints we have been subjected to in the past. NGS will allow us to determine and quantify the fullest spectrum of the microbiota in your environment.

Sequencing is the process of determining the precise order of nucleotides within the genome. It includes various methods or technologies that are used to determine the order of the four nucleotides in the DNA strand. The advent of rapid DNA sequencing methods has accelerated biological and medical research and discovery.

IAQ Testing

In addition to microbiota testing, we can evaluate a variety of indoor air quality contaminants and offer real-time remote monitoring with our indoor air quality monitors.

AI Collaboration

Working with AI we generate reports in which we cross-reference symptoms with environmental findings to help patients and doctors find the root cause of complex chronic illnesses.

Contact us for custom microbiota and IAQ testing within your home, office, or transportation environment.

For further information and to book your test, visit Indoor Environmental Systems Inc.

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