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Near real time, accurate, and sensitive microbiological safety monitoring using an all-fibre spectroscopic fluorescence system
Author(s): F. Vanholsbeeck; S. Swift; M. Cheng; E. Bogomolny
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Paper Abstract

Enumeration of microorganisms is an essential microbiological task for many industrial sectors and research fields. Various tests for detection and counting of microorganisms are used today. However most of the current methods to enumerate bacteria require either long incubation time for limited accuracy, or use complicated protocols along with bulky equipment. We have developed an accurate, all-fibre spectroscopic system to measure fluorescence signal in-situ. In this paper, we examine the potential of this setup for near real time bacteria enumeration in aquatic environment. The concept is based on a well-known phenomenon that the fluorescence quantum yields of some nucleic acid stains significantly increase upon binding with nucleic acids of microorganisms. In addition we have used GFP labeled organisms. The fluorescence signal increase can be correlated to the amount of nucleic acid present in the sample. In addition we have used GFP labeled organisms. Our results show that we are able to detect a wide range of bacteria concentrations without dilution or filtration (1-108 CFU/ml) using different optical probes we designed. This high sensitivity is due to efficient light delivery with an appropriate collection volume and in situ fluorescence detection as well as the use of a sensitive CCD spectrometer. By monitoring the laser power, we can account for laser fluctuations while measuring the fluorescence signal which improves as well the system accuracy. A synchronized laser shutter allows us to achieve a high SNR with minimal integration time, thereby reducing the photobleaching effect. In summary, we conclude that our optical setup may offer a robust method for near real time bacterial detection in aquatic environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9032, Biophotonics—Riga 2013, 90320W (18 November 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2044891
Show Author Affiliations
F. Vanholsbeeck, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
S. Swift, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
M. Cheng, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
E. Bogomolny, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9032:
Biophotonics—Riga 2013
Janis Spigulis; Ilona Kuzmina, Editor(s)

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