A simple and low-toxic method of preparing small specimens of bacteria, flagellates and their likes for Scanning Electron Microscopy

O. S. Møller, K. Buchman, Inger Dalsgaard

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    Abstract

    The preparation of samples of bacteria and other very small organisms (<50 μm) for Scanning Electron Microscopy is often complex and intricate, which typically involve the use of specialized filter systems, complex handling and toxic chemicals. Based on the methods described in the literature and our own tests, we have distilled a simpler (although slightly crude) method to prepare bacterial samples in a fast way. We only employ readily available chemicals requiring no more than a fume hood, and low-cost, standard lab equipment like single use filters. The method is excellent for achieving relatively quick results for illustration purposes and does not require handling of highly toxic substances like Osmium-tetraoxide, which typically necessitates skilled/trained lab personnel. Thus, this method is well-suited for testing different bacterial concentrations, biotypes, and other variables relatively quickly. So far, this method has yielded good results on several pathogenic bacteria and parasites; Aeromonas salmonicida, Yersinia ruckeri, Ichthyobodo necator and theronts of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDAFINET Workshop and PhD Course : Book of Abstracts
    Number of pages1
    Publication date2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventDAFINET Workshop : Fish Immunology: From Egg to Adult Fish - Frederiksberg, Denmark
    Duration: 12 Nov 201314 Nov 2013
    http://www.dafinet.dk

    Conference

    ConferenceDAFINET Workshop : Fish Immunology: From Egg to Adult Fish
    CountryDenmark
    CityFrederiksberg
    Period12/11/201314/11/2013
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