Microbial evaluation and deterioration of paints and paint-products
Journal of Environmental Biology
Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Lagos, 11001, Nigeria; Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos, 11001, Nigeria
The microbial quality of materials and final products of a reputable paint industry in Lagos area were analysed. The bacterial contaminants isolated in the paint-products included Bacillus brevis, B. polymyxa, B. laterosporus, Lactobacillus gasseri, L. brevis, Esherichia coli and Proteus mirabilis. The fungal contaminants detected in the paints were mainly Aspergillus niger, A. flavus and Penicillium citrinum. The microbial populations in the raw materials ranged from 1.0 × 106 - 9.5 × 106 cfu g -1 for bacteria and between 1.25 × 104 and 6.8 × 104 cfu g-1 for fungi while those present in packaging materials ranged from 3.45 × 106 - 7.65 × 106 cfu g-1 for bacteria and 2.4 × 103 - 2.8 × 103 cfu g-1 for fungi respectively. The bacterial populationsin the fresh paint samples monitored every two weeks from the time of production ranged from 1.6 × 101 - 4.7 × 105 cfu ml-1 while the fungal populations ranged from 1.0 × 101 - 5.5 × 103 cfu ml-1 over a ten-month study period. The optical density at 600 nm increased while transmittance, pH, specific gravity and viscosity of the paint samples decreased over the period suggesting gradual deterioration of the aesthetic qualities of the paint-products with time as indicated by the measured parameters. © Triveni Enterprises.
paint; bacterium; biomonitoring; fungus; microbial activity; packaging waste; pollution monitoring; transmittance; viscosity; article; Aspergillus flavus; Aspergillus niger; bacterium contamination; Brevibacillus brevis; controlled study; Escherichia coli; fungal contamination; gravity; Lactobacillus brevis; Lactobacillus gasseri; nonhuman; optical density; Paenibacillus polymyxa; paint industry; Penicillium citrinum; pH measurement; Proteus mirabilis; viscosity; Aspergillus flavus; Aspergillus niger; Bacteria; Colony Count, Microbial; Equipment Contamination; Paint; Penicillium; Aspergillus niger; Bacteria (microorganisms); Brevibacillus brevis; Fungi; Lactobacillus gasseri; Penicillium citrinum; Polymyxa; Proteus mirabilis