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Re: Is there any way to identify bacteria without the use of special tools?

Date: Thu Mar 18 07:14:51 1999
Posted By: Edward Richter, Faculty, Food Microbiology, The Ohio State University
Area of science: Microbiology
ID: 921441444.Mi

Normally there are three different types of colonies which will appear on petri dishes.

It is not possible to indentify bacteria by just looking at the colony on a petri dish. However, experience and the use of both selective and differential media allows microbiologists to both detect and identify bacteria.

Write me back and I can send you some photograhs via E-mail of different kinds of bacteria

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