Is there any way to run microbiological tests without an incubator?

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Document ID TE343

Published Date

Published Date 27/05/2017
Question
Is there any way to run microbiological tests without an incubator?
Summary
Running microbiological tests with an incubator
Answer
A constant temperature must be maintained to provide proper conditions for growth of target organisms and to suppress growth of non-target organisms. If the temperature is too high, the organisms may die. If the temperature is too low, the organisms may not grow well and non-target organisms may proliferate. An incubator that maintains a constant temperature is the only way to ensure accurate results.

The PathoScreen media for hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria and BART testers for various bacteria are the only tests that do not have strict temperature requirements. The BART testers can be incubated at room temperature and the PathoScreen can be incubated at 25 to 35 degrees Celsius.