Malgorzata Rekas and Marilena Ioannou
College, University, Specialist Biomedical
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In the biomedical science laboratory, quick screening of bacteria can be carried out using API strips. The strips are commercially available and allow for the rapid identification of a range of bacterial species. The plastic strip contains a number of wells or cupules which contain different biochemical tests, to which, bacteria will react differently. The results are visible as colour changes.
The strip is set up by preparing a suspension of the bacteria of interest, and transferring samples aseptically to each of the wells. Some of the wells have oil added to prevent the access of oxygen and mimic anaerobic conditions, which some bacteria prefer. The strip is then incubated for a short period of time and the results can be interpreted.
These three videos (and accompanying transcripts) provide an introduction to using API strips and how to interpret the results. A quiz can test the learner’s understanding.
If you are a lecturer or trainer, you can download these materials onto your own learning platform, and embed the quiz questions as a formative test for your students.