Optimisation of a direct plating method for the detection and enumeration of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris spores
Marek Henczka , Małgorzata Djas , Katarzyna Filipek
AbstractA direct plating method for the detection and enumeration of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris spores has been optimised. The results of the application of four types of growth media (BAT agar, YSG agar, K agar and SK agar) regarding the recovery and enumeration of A. acidoterrestris spores were compared. The influence of the type of applied growth medium, heat shock conditions, incubation temperature, incubation time, plating technique and the presence of apple juice in the sample on the accuracy of the detection and enumeration of A. acidoterrestris spores was investigated. Among the investigated media, YSG agar was the most sensitive medium, and its application resulted in the highest recovery of A. acidoterrestris spores, while K agar and BAT agar were the least suitable media. The effect of the heat shock time on the recovery of spores was negligible. When there was a low concentration of spores in a sample, the membrane filtration method was superior to the spread plating method. The obtained results show that heat shock carried out at 80 °C for 10 min and plating samples in combination with membrane filtration on YSG agar, followed by incubation at 46 °C for 3 days provided the optimal conditions for the detection and enumeration of A. acidoterrestris spores. Application of the presented method allows highly efficient, fast and sensitive identification and enumeration of A. acidoterrestris spores in food products. This methodology will be useful for the fruit juice industry for identifying products contaminated with A. acidoterrestris spores, and its practical application may prevent economic losses for manufacturers.
|Journal series||Journal of Microbiological Methods, ISSN 0167-7012|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris, detection method, growth medium, membrane filtration, spores|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Score|| = 25.0, 24-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
= 25.0, 24-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal
|Publication indicators||= 6; = 6; = 6.0; : 2013 = 1.012; : 2013 = 2.096 (2) - 2013=2.348 (5)|
|Citation count*||6 (2016-09-15)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.