Identifying And Identify Two Unknown Bacteria From A Mixed Culture

1737 Words7 Pages
For many years the identification of microorganisms has been important in the world of medicine. It is essential or correct disease diagnosis in patients and for proper treatment. Knowing the correct identity and characteristics of microorganism is crucial when disease outbreaks occur in populations, also knowing how humans can benefit from microorganisms is important; many can be used in making certain foods or antibiotics. The purpose of this study project was to carefully isolate and identify two unknown bacteria from a mixed culture. The ability to properly evaluate biochemical test results is also necessary for the identification to be successful. The goal was to apply all of the methods and techniques that have been learned in the microbiology laboratory course for the proper identification of unknown bacteria. A certain amount of bacteria that were used throughout the course were possible bacteria that could be found in a mixed culture. The bacteria that were identified in the mixed culture were Staphylococcus Aureus and Kocuria Rhizophila. Staphylococcus aureus is the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections, it can cause serious infections such as bloodstream infection, pneumonia or bone infections. Though it can cause infections it is part of the normal human flora it is mostly found on the skin or in nasal cavities. It is a facultative anaerobic gram positive cocci, it is usually in pairs or clusters. The bacterium is also catalase positive, oxidase
Get Access