Question: How long is the time needed by Quick Take 15 apparatus for detection of mould? Is there any incubation time needed after the sampling step? Or is the detection system different from culture followed by DME. In fact I am looking for a rapid detection system for Cladosporium.
Answer: Quick Take 15 is used for collection of air samples for fungal spore counting and identification. It’s designed for short sampling times (1-15 minutes) for airborne particulates including mould spores. It’s ideal for use with Air-O-Cell, VersaTrap, and Allergenco cassettes. Samples collected with quicktake 15 do not require incubation and hence you could use it for rapid detection of airborne spores and other particulates. Results can be obtained within the same day.
If you require identification of the moulds to species, then you need to use Quick Take 30. Quick Take 30 uses agar plates. After sample collection, the samples are sent to a laboratory for incubation and species identification and enumeration. It takes between 10-15 days (or more) to get the results.