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Identification of Microbes

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Identification of Microbes

Postby Seto's Darkness » Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:58 am

Can you give me examples of methods for microbe identification? (i.e. Gram staining, G+C content, etc). Thanks :D
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Postby mkwaje » Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:58 am

Well, there are steps in microbial identification and there are subjects taking entire semesters dealing with just this. Classical methods of identification start off at gram staining so you'll have knowledage on how to proceed. For identification procedures, try reading on Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology. You'll see all the tests and microbe characteristics there. Nowadays, identification using rapid kits are very common and are made affordable. These are especially useful, but not limited to, for screening of specific microorganisms.
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:47 pm

yeah, currently when we wanna identify a bacterium we just take one of those kits and follow their instructions; then by using a determination key, based on the results we can detect what bacterium we are dealing with.
My professor used to make fun of those kits by saying that they are so simple to use his grandmother can be a microbiologist...
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Postby lara » Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:30 am

to gather the general features simpe,grams,acid fast ,spore and capsule staining will help a lot
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What kinds of the kits you use for microbial identification?

Postby Brock » Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:51 am

Could you give the web site of the kits?

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Postby lara » Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:16 am

try sigma 4 the kits of the stains
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Postby biochan » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:58 pm

after gram staining you should apply IMVIC tests and other biochemical tests in order to identify strain. if you search internet for IMVIC and identification keywords endless results will appear :D
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Re: Identification of Microbes

Postby supsamuel » Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:45 pm

I've found that this website is a great resource for microbial identification. It looks like it's still under construction, but it has some pretty cool resources for microbial identification such as identification methods, keys, an identification database, etc.

http://www.microbeid.com

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