What are indicator organisms?

Document ID

Document ID TE1316

Published Date

Published Date 12/03/2017
Question
What are indicator organisms?
Summary
Indicator organisms represent difficult-to-detect microbial life
Answer
Most microbiological life cannot be easily detected or cultured. Organisms are classified as being “indicators” when their presence signals that a separate, non-detectable organism is also present. In this way, tests do not need to cover all possible organisms.