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Applied Markets Watch: Pall GeneDisc for Beer Production


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.

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