Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


Present bacteriological methods for researching and counting bacteria are slow and tedious and cannot be applied directly to polluted water; bacteria from the environment, which do not grow on the usual nutrient media, cannot be studied by taxonomic, genetic or biochemical processes. Application of flux cytometry to bacterial research has brought considerable progress, both in the quality and quantity of results. A bacterial biomass can now be characterised quickly and reliably in terms of its size and DNA content by means of flux cytometry. This technique opens up new possibilities for studying the dynamics of bacterial populations on the bacterial cell scale in an aquatic environment. The use of flux cytometry is expected to enable all the bacteria contained in a sample to be distinguished according to their biochemical, metabolic, immunological and even genetic characteristics by means of specific markers.

Additional information

Authors: MONTFORT P, JRC Ispra, Institute for the Environment, 21020 Ispra (VA) (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Convegno Internazionale, Montecatini (IT), Sept. 29-Oct 1, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper FR 35034 ORA
Follow us on: RSS Facebook Twitter YouTube Managed by the EU Publications Office Top