Reclaiming Bacteria Off of Agar Plates

robert andrew kazmierczak kazmrczk at
Sun Mar 2 19:26:31 EST 1997

Use a flamed spreader to dislodge the bugs before sucking them up.

On Sun, 23 Feb 1997, Jordan Gottlieb wrote:

> 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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