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This unknown is extremely hard narrowing down, with that said I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction. I have narrowed down my Genus based on the fact that it forms spores and is gram positive rod to Bacillus.
However when approaching my proffessor she did say I could have inoculated some of the tubes wrong or the tests did not come out as accurate as I would have liked. These are all the tests and the results I ran. What do you think?
Cell shape= rod
gram reaction= positive
Size when done with a mixed gram stain with . aereus is seen to be much larger.
motility= ? seemed to be nonmotile in the wet mount, and slight red formation towards top of gelatinase, but I thought that was only due to introduction of oxygen. I dont know.
Acid fast stains were shown to form chains with rods and spores
optimum temperature ranges from 20- 45 and mostly likes 37
Growth was seen mostly at the top of the tube
The TSA plate shows a creamy white with a slight tint of yellow, the colonies formed slightly, raised, circular bumps.
Blood plate= I thought was beta hemolytic because it was a green greyish color but I dont know exactly could be alpha
TSB= showed slight growth at the bottom a kind of hazeyness to it, but still not a lot.
Oxidation/Fermentation= -/- for both tests
Nitrate= red=- N/C= +
Voges= -it wouldnt turn totally red so it stayed a brown but we could have not done it right, that was a little iffy
Gelatin liquefaction= -
ornithine decarboxylase= -
Lysine decarboxylase= +
Arginine decarboxylase= -
Any help would be great I have been racking my brain over the bacillus and nothing seems to fit
No my bad you can move iti to micro, thank you
Identification of Gram + spore formers is fairly complicated and not very useful as a teaching lab excercise. The positive catalase probably points toward Bacillus spp. but taking it to species will be tough. Are you sure you aren't working with a contaminant? The tests you've run seem more relevant to an enteric id excercise.
no this is my unknown, it may have been contaminatied, but still I have to write this paper regardless. Any suggestions as to where to start?
Curious - is this beginning micro lab?
You can rule out some species but a specific ID is probably not readily obtained. I'd start with Bergey's Determinative
( http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/micro_biolo ... charts.pdf ). You'll see some of it's pretty subjective and for many species, you can only arrive at a group.
Could be but the data you have aren't very convincing. Was any context offered for the excercise such as food micro?
Have to say that this backward approach to teaching microbial identification is pretty poor on the part of your prof. You should have had appropriate keys that would have led to a plan of identification rather than throwing every test available into the effort and then looking for an answer.
I am so confused... My unknown is due tomorrow and I want to make sure I am correct before I turn it in..
Cell Shape: Bacilli
Size: 2mm X .5mm
Gram Stain: Negative
Glucose Fermanation: yes acid/gas
Lactose " ": yes acid/gas
Mannitol " ": yes acid/gas
Sucrose " ": negative
Menthyl Red: positive
Butanediol (VP): negative
Nitrate Reduction: +NO2
Hydrogen Sulfide: negative
I got for my genus: Escherichia
and my species: Fergusonii
Please help me determine if I am correct? Thank you!!! Lisa
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