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Can J Microbiol. 1979 Mar;25(3):415-20.

A tentative direct microscopic method for counting living marine bacteria.


Yeast extract (0.025%) and nalidixic acid (0.002%) were added to seawater samples and the samples were incubated for 6 h at 20 degrees C in the dark. Under these conditions, bacterial cells did not divide but grew to form elongated cells that are easily recognized by a direct microscopic method and epifluorescent microscopic technique. The number of cells thus obtained is proposed as a direct cound of viable bacterial cells (DVC). With open ocean samples, DVC was higher than 'viable' plate counts by up to three orders of magnitude and lower than the direct counts by about one order.

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