The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) recently convened a bi-annual meeting, “Recent Advances in Microbial Control,” in San Francisco, California. The meeting ran from November 9-12 and covered a broad range of topics. Antimicrobial Test Laboratories attended the conference. The following presentations were particularly informative:
- Changing Needs and Treatment Strategies for Microbial Control in Oil and Gas Operations (Terry Williams, Dow Chemical Company).
- Microbial Control with UV in a Healthcare Setting (Thomas Fahlen, Clorox).
- Microbial Detection and Control on the International Space Station (Sarah Castro, NASA).
- Use of a New ASTM Test Standard for the Assessment of a Bi-compnonent Carpet Sanitizer (Daniel Price, Interface Research).
- Use of a Protozoal Predator of Legionella in Evaporative Cooling Systems (F. Plasson, France).
- Evaluating Anti-Biofilm Products Formulated to Clean Surfaces (D. Goeres, Montana State University).
The meeting was attended by approximately 100 microbiologists from industry and academia. It covered a broad range of applications for antimicrobial technologies, ranging from food to oil production. Keynote speakers included James Miller (Micronanosun), Gregory Bradley (Dow Chemical Company) and Charles Banforth (UC Davis).