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Collection, Isolation and Enrichment of Naturally Occurring Magnetotactic Bacteria from the Environment
 
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Collection, Isolation and Enrichment of Naturally Occurring Magnetotactic Bacteria from the Environment

Article doi: 10.3791/50123
November 15th, 2012

Summary November 15th, 2012

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We demonstrate a method to collect magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) that can be applied to natural waters. MTB can be isolated and enriched from sediment samples using a relatively simple setup that takes advantage of the bacteria's natural magnetism. Isolated MTB can then be examined in detail using both light and electron microscopy.

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