Exercise 6-1 Micro Lab: Standard Plate Count

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_______ are the primary vehicle responsible for the transmission of microbial diseases of the gastrointestinal system

food products

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heterotrophic plate count

used to determine the number of viable bacteria in a food sample. the larger the count, the greater the likelihood that specific pathogens capable of causing disease will be present and also that the food will spoil.

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Normally, raw hamburger should not contain over _____ bacteria per gram

10^6

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One of the limitations of the heterotrophic plate count

only bacteria capable of growing in the culture medium under the environmental conditions provided will be counted

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heterotrophic

requiring organic carbon

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standard plate count

a procedure that allows microbiologists to estimate the population density in a liquid sample by plating a very dilute portion of that sample and counting the number of colonies it produces

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serial dilution

a series of controlled transfers down a line of dilution blanks. the series begins with a sample containing an unknown concentration of cells (density) and ends with a very dilute mixture containing only a few cells.

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dilution blanks

tubes containing a known volume of sterile diluent - water, saline, or buffer

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If a dilution is 10^-4, the proportion of the original sample inside the tube would be what?

1/10000th of the total volume inside.

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When 0.1 mL of a 10^-4 solution is transferred to a plate, what is the volume of the sample in the plate?

0.1 mL x 10^-4 = 10^-5 mL

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countable plate

contains between 30-300 colonies

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Plates with fewer than 30 colonies are ___

TFTC (too few to count)

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Plates with more than 300 colonies are ____

TMTC (too many to count)

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Dilutions can be calculated using the following formula

V1D1 = V2D2

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V1 and D1 are what?

The volume and dilution of the concentrated broth

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V2 and D2 are what?

the volume and dilution of the completed dilution

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Undiluted samples are always expressed as ____

1

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To calculate the dilution of a 1 mL sample transferred to 9 mL of dilutent, the permuted formula would be:

D2 = (V1D1/V2) = [(1.0 mL x 1) / 10 mL] = (1/10) = 10^-1

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Formula for calculating original cell density (OCD)

OCD = CFU / (D x V)

D is the dilution as written on the dilution tube from which the inoculum comes.

V is the volume transferred to the plate.

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Colony Forming Unit (CFU)

the number of colonies that develop on the plate

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Why is CFU the preferred term?

Because colonies could develop from single cells or from groups of cells, depending on the typical cellular arrangement of the organism.

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Original sample volume

density and volume from the OCD = CFU / (D x V)

it becomes OCD = CFU / original sample volume

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When is the sample volume written on the plate?

at the time of inoculation

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viable count

provides an estimate of actual living cells in the sample

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What bacteria will we be using in this lab?

Escherichia coli (E. coli)

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In this lab we will inoculate the plates using what technique?

spread plate technique

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We will count bacterial colonies using what?

colony counter