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Applied microbiology

Variables affecting the foam separation of Escherichia coli.


PMID 5339303

Abstract

The removal of washed and standardized Escherichia coli from distilled-water suspension by foam separation with nitrogen gas and 30 mug/ml of ethylhexadecyldimethylammonium bromide surfactant was increased by increasing the gas rate from 4.3 to 9.3 liters per min and by lowering the port level at which foam was removed from 60.4 to 20.4 cm, but with concomitant increases in foam volumes. The concentrations of cells and of surfactant in the residual suspensions were related to foam volumes; a given number of cells adsorbed a constant amount of surfactant. The addition of from 10 to 500 mug/ml of inorganic salts decreased the total cell removal, with magnesium sulfate producing an anomalously large effect. The addition of surfactant in several doses (compared with a single dose) together with an increase in foaming time from 10 to 24 min produced residual suspensions with lower cell concentrations, and, when salts were present in the initial suspensions, produced lower foam volumes and more concentrated foams.

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Ethylhexadecyldimethylammonium bromide, ≥98% (non-aqueous titration)
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