The Basics of Cannabis QC

The Basics of Cannabis QC

Every year cannabis for medical and recreational use becomes legal in more places throughout the United States. As of 2017, 29 states and the District of Columbia (DC) have passed laws to legalize growth and distribution of the plant. Cannabis is not federally...
Top 10 Microorganisms for Educating Students

Top 10 Microorganisms for Educating Students

Microbiology 101 provided my first exposure to live bacterial cultures in college (aside from those my roommates created in our minifridge). The distinct smell of an Escherichia coli culture, the unique green coloration of a fuzzy penicillium colony and the many...
Microbes That Help and Harm Your Garden

Microbes That Help and Harm Your Garden

Plants and microbes have a love-hate relationship (I have a similar feeling when a long Minnesota winter causes me to delay planting my garden). There are many types of microorganisms that emerge in the spring and summer when we begin to plant our gardens. Some...
Do You Know Influenza?

Do You Know Influenza?

It’s the time of year when sniffles and coughs can be heard throughout the office and laboratory.  Did you remember to get your flu shot during all the holiday chaos? Influenza season is in full swing!  Keep your hand sanitizer close by, increase your vitamin C...