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The authors have found certain phenotypic criteria used in API systems which …


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- Accuracies of Leuconostoc phenotypic identification: a comparison of API systems and conventional phenotypic assays

The current API systems, similar to some other commercial identification systems for microorganisms, still need improvement before they can reliably identify certain unusual gram-positive pathogens. They lack specificity in Leuconostoc identification. We propose that, for accuracy and reliability, identification of vancomycin-resistant, catalase-negative gram-positive bacteria be performed by practical, conventional phenotypic assays, with assistance of a genotypic confirmation where available.


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