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bacteria in water films

BOB MCLEAN RM12 at swt.edu
Wed Jul 23 12:12:29 EST 1997


In response to your question about bacteria in water films left after washing
of equipment, carcasses, etc - I don't know that field but would suggest one
approach would be to grow a variety of representative bacteria on radiolabelled
substrates and to use these "hot" bacteria in a miniature, lab-scale version of
washing.  This should give you a highly sensitive approach in which the
bacteria could be detected in a scintillation counter.  Other ideas might
include detecting marker molecules e.g. LPS, or employing a fluorescent-based
antibody detection system.  I don't know how practical any of these ideas are
but they might be worth considering.

Good luck,

Bob McLean
Dept. Biology
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, Tx 78666
(512)245-3365 phone
(512)245-8713 FAX
Email:  RM12 at swt.edu

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