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Issue 11 (2) 2012 pp. 111-119

Wojciech Juzwa, Katarzyna Czaczyk

Department of Biotechnology and Food Microbiology, Poznań University of Life Sciences

Flow cytometric analysis of microbial contamination in food industry technological lines – initial study

Abstract

Background. Flow cytometry constitutes an alternative for traditional methods of microorganisms identifi cation and analysis, including methods requiring cultivation step. It enables the detection of pathogens and other microorganisms contaminants without the need to culture microbial cells meaning that the sample (water, waste or food e.g. milk, wine, beer) may be analysed directly. This leads to a signifi cant reduction of time required for analysis allowing monitoring of production processes and immediate reaction in case of contamination or any disruption occurs. Apart from the analysis of raw materials or products on different stages of manufacturing process, the fl ow cytometry seems to constitute an ideal tool for the assessment of microbial contamination on the surface of technological lines.
Material and methods. In the present work samples comprising smears from 3 different surfaces of technological lines from fruit and vegetable processing company from Greater Poland were analysed directly with fl ow cytometer. The measured parameters were forward and side scatter of laser light signals allowing the estimation of microbial cell contents in each sample.
Results. Flow cytometric analysis of the surface of food industry production lines enable the preliminary evaluation of microbial contamination within few minutes from the moment of sample arrival without the need of sample pretreatment.
Conclusions. The presented method of fl ow cytometric initial evaluation of microbial state of food industry technological lines demonstrated its potential for developing a robust, routine method for the rapid and laborsaving detection of microbial contamination in food industry.

Keywords: flow cytometry, microorganisms detection, microbial contamination, cell sorting
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MLA Juzwa, Wojciech, and Katarzyna Czaczyk. "Flow cytometric analysis of microbial contamination in food industry technological lines – initial study." Acta Sci.Pol. Technol. Aliment. 11.2 (2012): 111-119.
APA Juzwa W., Czaczyk K., (2012). Flow cytometric analysis of microbial contamination in food industry technological lines – initial study. Acta Sci.Pol. Technol. Aliment. 11 (2), 111-119
ISO 690 JUZWA, Wojciech, CZACZYK, Katarzyna. Flow cytometric analysis of microbial contamination in food industry technological lines – initial study. Acta Sci.Pol. Technol. Aliment., 2012, 11.2: 111-119.