Source Molecular Corporation attended the 2017 Biscayne Bay Marine Health Inaugural Summit (BBMHS) on June 28, 2017. The event was held at the Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus. Source Molecular was one of the exhibitors.
Representatives from various 30 Florida-based environmental NGOs, government entities, municipalities, universities, and businesses attended. The stakeholders are working to create an effective 10-Year Action Plan. They seek to reduce marine/estuarine debris and other water pollutants in Biscayne Bay as well as in Miami-Dade’s canals, rivers and oceanic beaches.
The full-day Summit consisted of presentations, workshops, a small trade show and Bay tour. Speakers at the Summit discussed the present status of the health of the Bay, main sources of debris, and the different water pollutants. Pollution sources include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, storm drain runoff, sewer, etc. They also explored strategies that may proactively reduce the impact of those pollutants.
Identifying and understanding Biscayne Bay’s main sources of pollutants is one of the objectives that Source Molecular can play a role in. Accordingly, Source Molecular’s Haley Gershon met with attendees and explained genetic testing services that could help solve the problem.
With close to 15 years experience, Source Molecular has helped various stakeholders address fecal pollution in water systems. Through advanced microbial source tracking methods, Source Molecular is able to distinguish whether the bacteria came from humans or animals. This equips watershed managers with scientific-based evidence to come up with more effective remediation plans.
Its laboratory can detect fecal contamination from 13 hosts — Human, Cattle, Swine, Gull, Goose, Chicken, Dog, Deer, Elk, Horse, Bird, Beaver and Ruminant. It also has a license to use EPA-patented tests for Human, Cattle, Chicken and fecal pollution. Source Molecular also offers digital PCR services. Digital PCR directly quantifies pathogenic viruses and bacteria resulting in greater sensitivity and much higher accuracy.