ACCUGENIX IDENTIFIED WHAT MICROORGANISMS REPRESENT THE OTHER 50%
While having knowledge of the most frequently identified bacteria is informative, it is important to note that these Top 15 bacteria identified from manufacturing environments, as cited in the original post, only represent approximately 50% of the microbes that are identified during routine monitoring and investigations . These microorganisms represent the diversity of bacteria from across the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Personal Care and Cosmetics, Neutraceutical and Biotechnology production facilities; the analysis did not include the fungi and yeast that are also isolated from these environments. As determined by Accugenix, the remaining 50% of the bacteria comprise 1,964 unique species which were identified in Environmental Monitoring programs — a number that implies that following the environmental ecology by methods such as colony morphology and Gram staining, as suggested, would be daunting. Pharmaceutical environmental monitoring programs have resulted in the identification of 1,979 unique bacterial species by Accugenix over the last five years. Indicating how critical it is that the identification libraries or databases, against which you compare your data whether generated by phenotypic, prototypic or genotypic methods, contain all relevant species or the interpretation of your data is not reliable. It is also critical to realize that this list of the Top 15 frequently encountered bacteria is a reflection across all industries and manufacturing sites. Specific manufacturing facilities may have different distribution of frequently occurring microorganisms, depending on their environment.