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The Journal of applied bacteriology

Use of the direct epifluorescent filter technique for the enumeration of yeasts.


PMID 2429949

Abstract

The ability of the direct epifluorescent filter technique (DEFT) to enumerate the viable numbers of various species of yeasts was evaluated. A DEFT count could be made in less than 10 min and the DEFT counts of non-heat-treated samples agreed well with plate counts. The DEFT was unsuitable for the enumeration of yeasts in heat-treated samples because non-viable cells fluoresced orange. A double staining technique using Janus Green B and acridine orange was developed to overcome this problem. The modified DEFT enabled viable and non-viable yeasts to be differentiated in heat-treated samples of pure cultures and improved the relationship between the DEFT count and plate count. The method proved to be of little value, however, for use with beverage products because of unreliable staining patterns.

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