Reclaiming Bacteria Off of Agar Plates

Karen antonelli.2 at
Mon Feb 24 08:43:43 EST 1997

I hope I'm not oversimplying things, but can't you just use a loop to scrap 
them off.

>Hi all...

>When getting bacteria out of suspension, you spin 'em down and remove
>the supernatant.  Voila... bacteria.

>Does anyone out there have a good way of getting bacteria off agar
>plates?  Currently, I'm just soaking the plate with 5 mL of dH2O for 5
>minutes, and then using a pipet to force as many bacteria off the agar
>as I can.

>I realize I may not be able to say that I get 100% of them, but if
>anyone knows of any good techniques, I'd appreciate it.  Thanks.

>-Jordan Gottlieb
>jsgottli at

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