WHAT IS SLIME FACTOR?
Slime Factor is a term used to describe biofilm formation within water samples and water distribution systems.
Learn more about biofilm and bacteria here. (coming soon)
Biofilm in a pipe
Luciferase is the same enzyme found in fireflies’ tails
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an energy carrying molecule essential to all living cells, including bacteria. Measuring ATP gives a direct indicator of total biomass, which may be used to determine Slime Factor.
At SanEcoTec, we measure ATP using a Photonmaster TM Luminometer in conjunction with the Quench-Gone TM Aqueous (QGA)Test Kit. This test uses the Luciferase enzyme assay to emit light as it reacts with the presence of ATP. The QGA can measure as little as 0.1 pg (pico grams) of ATP/mL, and this method is essentially limitless in terms of sensitivity.
To order the luminometer or the QGA test kit, click here. (Coming soon – please contact us directly in the meantime)