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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Analysis of time-resolved scattering from macroscale bacterial colonies
Author(s): Euiwon Bae; Padmapriya P. Banada; Karleigh Huff; Arun K. Bhunia; J. Paul Robinson; E. Daniel Hirleman
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the relationship of incubation time and forward-scattering signature for bacterial colonies grown on solid nutrient surfaces. The aim of this research is to understand the colony growth characteristics and the corresponding evolution of the scattering patterns for a variety of pathogenic bacteria relevant to food safety. In particular, we characterized time-varying macroscopic and microscopic morphological properties of the growing colonies and modeled their optical properties in terms of two-dimensional (2-D) amplitude and phase modulation distributions. These distributions, in turn, serve as input to scalar diffraction theory, which is, in turn, used to predict forward-scattering signatures. For the present work, three different species of Listeria were considered: Listeria innocua, Listeria ivanovii, and Listeria monocytogenes. The baseline experiments involved the growth of cultures on brain heart infusion (BHI) agar and the capture of scatter images every 6 h over a total incubation period of 42 h. The micro- and macroscopic morphologies of the colonies were studied by phase contrast microscopy. Growth curves, represented by colony diameter as a function of time, were compared with the measured time-evolution of the scattering signatures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2008
PDF: 8 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 13(1) 014010 doi: 10.1117/1.2830655
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 13, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Euiwon Bae, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Padmapriya P. Banada, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Karleigh Huff, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Arun K. Bhunia, Purdue Univ. (United States)
J. Paul Robinson, Purdue Univ. (United States)
E. Daniel Hirleman, Purdue Univ. (United States)

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