K N and P J Harris ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Fri Mar 1 15:38:03 EST 1996

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> I am trying to find information on the various methods of bacterial
> identification.  If anyone knows of the best and most current place to
> find this information--be it on the internet or in a book--it would be
> most appreciated.  Please respond via email to
> tlambott at tic.bisman.com.  Thank you!
What is this bug ?
The best possible system for bacterial identification is to get someone 
else to do it. In the UK the NCIMB, Aberdeen offer a service at various 
levels (and costs).
Failing that it depends on the environment in which you are working. For 
many common pathogens and water organisms I have a soft spot for the API 
system. Look them out they may be just what you want. My sympathy for 
the API system is that some 15 years earlier I was involved in the 
development of a similar system that due to the renowned UK devotion to 
R & D died a premature death.
For very specialised groups there are systems based on GC-MS, in the 
Netherlands there was a system for Myc.tuberculosis.
File some more specific details and you will get more help I am sure.
Peter Harris,
Dept. of Soil Science,
The University of Reading, UK.

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