DIAGNOSTICS

Identify pathogens beyond doubt.

Diagnostics – high-tech and know-how

RIPAC-LABOR is extremely fast and accurate when it comes to identifying micro-organisms. Thanks to their trained eye, our diagnostics team can narrow down the pathogen type based on morphological indicators.

MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry offers certainty. It makes the unique protein-mass spectrum of a pathogen strain visible and compares it to the reference spectra of all pathogens. This allows micro-organisms to be determined with certainty within a few minutes.

The more comparative spectra the underlying database uses, the better the procedure works. As one of the first laboratories to use this technology in veterinary medicine, we can now access tens of thousands of relative reference spectra – and every day it's more.

The pathogens must be contained within a culture in order to be identified. To this end, we have developed special cultivation methods and enrichment processes for every type of bacterium over the years. The efficient and reliable diagnostics used by RIPAC-LABOR are a result of the interaction of high-tech, special knowledge and years of experience.

RIPAC-LABOR's diagnostic range

  • Pathological/anatomical examinations
  • Bacteriology
  • Mycology
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • Molecular biology
  • MALDI-TOF MS
  • Antibiotic-resistance test (as per Regulation on Veterinary Medicine Cabinets (TÄHAV)
  • Bacteriological test reactants

RIPAC-LABOR's diagnostic range

Botulism

Clostridium botulinum is found in the environment and regularly causes significant economic losses among livestock owners. We examine feed and samples from the environment and from animals to see if the bacterium or its toxins are present.

In Germany, there are a handful of privately run laboratories with the special know-how to handle Clostridium botulinum. RIPAC-LABOR is one of them – and that's a family tradition. The founder's father, Dr. med. vet. Bernd Köhler, is well-known in microbiology circles and spent decades researching detection methods for the bacterium and its deadly toxins. Dr Köhler and his comprehensive knowledge are still assisting RIPAC-LABOR to this day.

Biogas plants

Is your plant safe? Certain biogas substrates hide the risk of pathogenic germs. To ensure that these germs and their poisonous toxins cannot enter the environment together with the fermentation residues and thus enter the food chain, it makes sense to take random samples.

At RIPAC-LABOR, we examine your samples for Clostridium botulinum, including its neurotoxins, for other pathogenic clostridia species, for enterobacteria (EHEC, salmonella, APEC, ESBI...) and for parasites and fungal spores.

Bacteriological test reactants (agglutinative serums)

From the outset, RIPAC-LABOR has had unique know-how in the field of riemerella diagnostics. We developed agglutinative serums for twenty internationally described serotypes, and for ten more we discovered.

Our polyclonal agglutinative serums capture the desired bacterial antigens in rapid testing. The specific antigen antibody reaction of the antiserum is used for the indirect detection of an infection in the animal's blood serum (slide agglutination).

Agglutinative serums for Riemerella anatipestifer, Enterococcus cecorum and other pathogens.

Questions, requests, suggestions? We'd be happy to hear them!

Contact

Telephone

+49 331 581840-0

Fax

+49 331 581840-10

Email

info@ripac-labor.de

RIPAC-LABOR GmbH
Am Muehlenberg 11
14476 POTSDAM

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