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J Biophotonics. 2011 Apr;4(4):236-43. doi: 10.1002/jbio.201000051.

On the sensitivity of forward scattering patterns from bacterial colonies to media composition.

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School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, IN 47907, USA.


Morphology of colonies is important for taxonomy and diagnostics in microbiology where the response to environmental factors is sensitive enough to support discrimination. In this research, we analyzed the forward scattering patterns of individual Escherichia coli K12 colonies when agar hardness and nutrition levels were varied from the control sample. As the agar concentration increased from 1.2% to 1.8%, the diameter of the forward scattering patterns also increased for the same experimental condition which reflects that the colony thickness at the apex is greater for increased agar concentrations. Regarding nutrition, increasing dextrose resulted in smaller mean colony diameters while the mean diameters of the colonies were proportional to the yeast extract concentration up to 0.5%. The result reveals that ±0.3% agar concentration from the control sample is sufficient to create variations in the scattering patterns. For nutrition -0.25% of yeast extract showed significant variations while +0.25% from control sample showed minimal variations.

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