Environmental Microbiology

Environmental Microbiology provides analytical services to detect foodborne and waterborne illnesses and assess the quality of drinking water and recreational waters. The analyses are used to help pinpoint the source of outbreaks, to determine if water is safe to drink or swim in, and to assess the environmental impact from exposure to microbial contaminants.

Karen Owens, environmental laboratory analyst, prepares beef trim submitted from a meat-processing facility for the testing of E.coli O157:H7 as required by the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

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