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J Clin Pathol. Sep 1976; 29(9): 827–832.
PMCID: PMC476186

An assessment of inositol fermentation by Klebsiellae and its implication in screening media.


Four patterns of inositol fermentation by different isolates of Klebsiellae are described. Inositol fermentation by some isolates may be modified by medium incorporation of acetoin and diacetyl. An inositol--hydrogen sulphide--motility medium, modified by reducing the pH value, increasing the inositol concentration, and the incorporation of acetoin, is described and evaluated as a means of detecting acid production by isolates showing different inositol fermentation patterns.

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