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J Med Microbiol. 1998 May;47(5):401-5.

The growth of Gardnerella vaginalis and Lactobacillus acidophilus in Sorbarod biofilms.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, Manchester Royal Infirmary and the University of Manchester.


Sorbarod biofilms were investigated for their suitability in establishing continuous culture biofilms for the study of bacterial vaginosis. Two important organisms in the condition, Gardnerella vaginalis and Lactobacillus acidophilus, were studied. In contrast to growth in broth culture, both organisms were maintained for at least 96 h in a steady state on the biofilms. With G. vaginalis, the haemolytic activity was consistently maintained in the biofilms in contrast to short-term activity in broth culture which matched the bacterial titre. The simple Sorbarod system appears to be suitable for studying the growth conditions of bacteria in continuous culture and has potential for investigating interactions between micro-organisms.

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