Pall last week launched a PCR-based test for microorganisms that cause beer spoilage.
The new assay is based on Pall's GeneDisc Rapid Microbiology System and a ready-to-use GeneDisc test plate. The system simultaneously screens for the presence or absence of 20 critical beer-spoilage bacteria, including the relevant species of Lactobacillus, Megasphaera, Pediococcus, and Pectinatus sp. beer-spoilage groups.
Pall's GeneDisc system comprises membrane filtration-based sample prep for extracting DNA; a consumable plate preloaded with PCR primers and probes for specific microorganisms; and a thermal cycler. The system also features a touch-screen interface, built-in software, and a barcode reader, allowing minimally trained personnel to perform testing.