Contactless Ammonia Mapping for Concentric Colony Pattern of Proteus mirabilis

Satoshi Sasaki, Kozue Kishii, Mitsuhiro Okazaki
2018 Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan  
A simple and easy method for the simultaneous monitoring of colony shape and ammonia productivity of swarming bacteria such as Proteus mirabilis should become increasingly important for the characterization of the bacteria. A contactless mapping method of ammonia concentration produced by Proteus mirabilis colony is proposed using an array of pH indicator solution and a digital still camera, by using a PC display as a backlight. Brightness of the indicator solution was quanti ed from the
more » ... ed from the captured image using image processing software. At the same time, ne structures in the colony were observed due to the di raction of the display's transmitted light pattern. In 5 min, the ammonia productivity difference from di erent concentric circles was identi ed. Bacteria cell density of di erent regions of the concentric colony pattern on the agar surface was measured, and the e ect of the density on the ammonia productivity was discussed.
doi:10.1252/jcej.17we157 fatcat:jphmchouqzbn3havqquy2nltsm