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24th September 2019  Content supplied by: Solus Scientific Solutions Ltd.

Pathogen Testing Powders is Simple with Solus

Food samples often offer a very comfortable environment for any kind of contaminating organism to thrive in. With plenty of moisture and nutrients the organisms remain healthy and easily grow and replicate making testing for pathogens relatively easy.

However, by drying out samples to create powders, contaminating organisms will often be damaged, unhealthy and not replicating, making it considerably harder to detect their presence. If these cells are then consumed, they may suddenly find themselves in a much more hospitable environment where they will rapidly recover and start to grow and replicate, causing illness in the unfortunate individual that consumed the contaminated item.

It is therefore very important to use test methods that can reliably recover and detect viable pathogens from powder matrices. Solus is proud to offer such tests.

Solus offers options

With specifically designed immunoassay kits, dedicated selective enrichment media and automated liquid handling, the Solus Pathogen Detection System can offer solutions for testing a number of “challenging” matrices.

Two-step enrichment assays are available for Listeria and Salmonella testing in a number of matrices including milk powders, egg powders and environmental dusts.

Solus offers rapid results

Solus have also created the Solus One™ range, a collection of assays that provide rapid results for environmental and food pathogen testing. Solus One assays provide negative and presumptive positive results in one day using only one enrichment step.

Solus offers peace of mind

All Solus immunoassay kits are certified to ISO16140 by AFNOR, AOAC, or both, giving you peace of mind that our assays are reliable and robust.


Solus offers options to fit into any lab

With kits available in two sizes, 96 or 480 tests per kit, and protocols that can easily be run manually for smaller facilities or efficiently automated for high-throughput requirements, the Solus Pathogen Detection System offers the ideal system for labs of all sizes.

Solus Pathogen Detection System offers efficient use of resources  

To truly benefit from the power of the Solus Pathogen Detection System, Solus recommends automating our assays using the Dynex DS2. This automated ELISA processing unit can manipulate 2 x 96-well plates simultaneously to provide a total of 192 results in approximately 3 hours after sample enrichment. And the best bit… 2 of those 3 hours can be spent elsewhere in the lab, preparing another batch of samples, analysing plates or catching up on paperwork.


The simple Solus protocols come pre-loaded on to the DS2 and walk the user through each step of the set-up process, creating a smooth and extremely easy-to-use system. 

Solus offers flexibility

With its high-throughput and walk-away capabilities the DS2 offers flexibility for processing fluctuating sample numbers. One analyst can either run the assay manually for just a few samples or comfortably run upto 3 DS2 units, allowing up to 558 samples + controls to be initiated every 3 hours.

Solus offers security

The DS2 unit incorporates an on-board barcode scanning system that allows for excellent sample traceability so your client can be assured of receiving the correct result for each test sample.

Solus offers space

Due to the compact format of our kits and the small footprint of the DS2, the Solus Pathogen Detection System could save significant space in fridges, incubators, media prep rooms, benchtops and waste disposal.

Solus offers many benefits. Visit us at www.solusscientific.com to find out what we can offer you.

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Date Published: 24th September 2019

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