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Integrated Explorations

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Guelph, Ontario, CA

About Integrated Explorations

Integrated Explorations provides laboratory and consulting services for the food and environmental industries. Established in Guelph, Ontario in 1977, we offer an extensive array of services to our clients, including microbiological and chemistry testing, consulting services, contract research and development, bioreactor design and analysis, and rental laboratory space.

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Biochemical Methane Potential

Starting at CAD$985.00 per sample

Biochemical methane potential (BMP) testing is used to analyse the biodegradability and biogas potential of your feedstock. The test is used to assess the feasibility of using a specific mix of materials in your anaerobic digester.


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Biodegradation Studies

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Biochemical methane potential (BMP) testing is used to analyse the biodegradability and biogas potential of your feedstock. The test is used to assess the feasibility of using a specific mix of materials in your anaerobic digester.


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Environmental Consulting

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The environmental consultants at Integrated Explorations have worked on a diverse range of projects over the past 40 years. We can provide problem-solving and optimization strategies for a variety of waste treatment processes. Our expertise extends to a number of waste matrices, including water, sludge, sediment, and biosolids.

Waste treatment systems can be challenging and technically demanding — even for experienced operators. If you need expert support for your production plant, waste management facility, anaerobic digester, or any other treatment system, our team can help.

Our consulting services can be paired with microbiological or chemistry testing to provide a complete solution for your waste treatment process. Ask our team to visit for an on-site assessment.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

Our environmental consulting services can assist in the following areas of research:

Exploratory testing

Waste treatability analysis

Contaminant identification

Waste treatment process evaluation

Investigative lab analysis

Data interpretation

Biogas systems consulting

WE CAN ALSO ASSIST WITH ANAEROBIC DIGESTION OPTIMIZATION AND TROUBLESHOOTING.


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Shelf Life Testing

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If you’re going to be stocking food products in a grocery store or supermarket, then you need to know how your products and packaging will stand the test of time. During our testing studies, we will simulate a range of temperatures at varying time intervals, so you will be able to make concrete promises, with regard to shelf life, in any situation.


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Antimicrobial Efficacy Testing

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Most food products contain preservatives and disinfectants, designed to protect them from the harmful effects of microbes. Antimicrobial efficacy testing is a key step in assessing the limitations of these agents, by challenging them with specific concentrations of microorganisms and measuring their reduction in numbers, according to specific protocols.


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Product Development, Testing, and Packaging

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At Integrated Explorations, we provide contract research and development services for clients looking to develop new products or processes, improve existing ones, or provide third-party verification. 

Our team has established a reputation for undertaking interdisciplinary projects that combine our expertise in microbiology, analytical chemistry, and environmental sciences. In the past, we have completed projects related to biotechnology, bioengineering, and green technology.

We have a proven track record of helping clients conduct research and development in a timely and cost-effective manner. Over the past 40 years, we have worked on a variety of R&D projects, including:

Biocide efficacy testing

UV sterilizer biodosimetry

Chlorine dioxide systems

Microbial detection systems

Air biofiltration systems

Bioremediation feasibility

Bioreactor optimization

Photobioreactor design

Biogas digester optimization


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Microbiology

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Microbiological testing is an important tool for a range of applications. At Integrated Explorations, we provide testing to assess the microbiological safety of production plant environments, the efficiency of waste treatment processes, bioremediation effectiveness, and much more.

Our microbiological laboratory offers environmental testing for all kinds of air, soil, and water samples, providing microbial identification, biodegradability testing, plate counts, and rapid detection for pathogens in water.


Using microbial testing, we have the ability to identify a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and algae. Our testing capabilities can provide information on the following:

Nuisance growth and bio fouling

Aerobic and anaerobic plate counts

Thermophilic and psychrophilic plate counts

Hydrocarbon utilizing bacteria (HUB)

Sulphur reducers or oxidizers

Parasitic oocytes

Iron bacteria

TESTING AND IDENTIFICATION FOR OTHER MICROORGANISMS IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.


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Mass Balance Analysis

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Microbial Identification and Strain Typing

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Analytical Chemistry Services

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The chemical analysis of environmental samples is an essential mechanism for optimizing the operation of wastewater treatment systems, as well as meeting specific government regulations or industry standards.

At Integrated Explorations, our environmental testing laboratory offers routine analytical testing for wastewater, plant nutrients, and natural waters. We also offer investigative analyses on contaminating materials and provide specialty analysis for anaerobic digesters.


Our analytical chemistry department provides testing

for a wide range of parameters including:

Trace metals

Pesticides and herbicides

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs)

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

And other contaminants

Wastewater Characterization

OECD Ready Biodegradability

Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) Test

Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) Test

Total suspended solids (TSS) Test

Nitrate (NO3) Test

Inorganic Phosphate (PO4) Test


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Pesticide Residue Testing

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Trace Metal Analysis

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Biochemical Assays

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Laboratory Equipment Manufacturing

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At Integrated Explorations, our team has extensive experience in the design, fabrication, and assembly of customized research equipment for both field sampling and lab testing. We can design custom bench scale bioreactors, digesters, water treatment systems, and more.


Our past designs have included:

Air biofilters

Algae perfusion chambers

Anaerobic digesters

Fermenter vessels

Gas treatment columns

Photobioreactors

Wet gas tipping meters


In addition to our custom work, we offer standard bench scale digesters, fermenter vessels, and wet gas tipping meters for purchase by clients — if they wish to conduct their own work independently.


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Environmental Testing

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Environmental Services

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Integrated Explorations provides accurate and representative sampling services for evaluating potential sources of contamination by bacteria, fungi, or algae. Our team has over 40 years experience in sampling across a range of environments, including production plants, open field, or even underwater.

Our technicians are equipped with the latest sampling equipment and field kits. We understand how to map out potential sources of contamination and preserve samples for laboratory analysis. We can survey for microorganisms and chemical contaminants in air, soil, or water.


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Environmental Contaminant Measurement

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In addition to our sampling services, the team at Integrated Explorations also offers routine monitoring and testing for production plants. Many plants will have areas that need to be swabbed and tested on a monthly basis to ensure food safety and meet regulatory standards. Our team can provide air, soil, and water monitoring for microorganisms and chemical contaminants in these production environments.


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