Bacterial Identification Assays

jjc3 at LEHIGH.EDU jjc3 at LEHIGH.EDU
Fri Jun 13 09:04:05 EST 1997

I teach a laboratory class in bacteriology for undergraduates. Near the 
end of the class, I have them doing identifications of bacterial unknowns 
using the standard "traditional" methods that we all learned. After they 
were done with their initial identifications last year, I had them use the 
Biolog plate system to do quick re-identifications using modern laboratory 
methods along with computer analysis. My problem is that I was very unhappy 
with the Biolog system; it was unable to clearly identify some bacterial
strains that the students named easily using the older morpho/physiological
methods. My question is: does anyone have any recommendations for more
accurate test systems that I can have my students perform for bacterial
Does any company make anything more accurate then Biolog plates or is that
the height of technology?

Thanks for the help,

Jim Campanella
Lehigh University
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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