The fungal identification laboratory specializes in mold spore identification. We offer non-viable spore analysis for airborne and bulk samples. We follow the ASTM Method D7391-09, Categorization and Quantification of Airborne Fungal Structures.

For air sampling, RNET analyzes spore traps to provide the concentration of each mold spore per cubic meter of air. This quantitative data is then compared to an outdoor (baseline) sample in order to provide the client with a reference for determining potential mold problems. We can also quantify other particulate matter such as skin cells, pollen, insect parts, and starch.

RNET also analyzes bulk samples (a surface, such as drywall, wooden beams, flooring, etc.) with visible or suspected mold growth. Representative tape lift samples are taken and analyzed. Bulk analysis provides the client with qualitative results on the spore types present and whether there are visible growth structures present. A growth rating from <1-5 can then be assigned based on the cumulative presence of spores and fungal structures associated with that spore type.

 

 Stachybotrys, a "black mold" spore indicative of water damage

Stachybotrys, a "black mold" spore indicative of water damage