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Raman spectroscopy enables the rapid detection and identification of micro-organisms in a variety of settings, including hospital, pharmaceutical, clinical and research.
Rapid micro-organism identification
Quick and easy identification improves efficiency, safety and response times.
Renishaw Raman systems have the performance and sensitivity to identify and differentiate microbe genus, species and even strains, rapidly and accurately. This can be done in environments such as:
- clinical settings*
- food industry
- cosmetic industry
- biofuel production
When undertaking research, you can even analyse single bacterial cells, removing the need for time-consuming bacterial culturing (which can take days).
*The system is not currently CE Marked according to the IVD Directive.
Speed is of the essence when identifying microorganisms.
Diagnoses - Rapid analysis is vital when you need fast diagnoses to guide you in the correct choice of antibiotics; particularly for severe cases such as sepsis.
Fermentation equipment - Preventing and treating bacterial contamination quickly during the fermentation process gives you measurable cost savings.
Dairy production - Bacteriophage contamination is a serious threat in dairy production. You can use a Renishaw Raman system to identify lactic acid bacteria strains and optimise production.
Food and cosmetics - The identification of harmful bacteria is also crucial for producing safe food products and safe cosmetics with long shelf lives.
High spatial resolution
You can also study secondary metabolites and mineral deposits in bacteria and fungi in situ thanks to the high spatial resolution of Renishaw's inVia confocal Raman microscope.
Save time – avoid labelling
Raman spectroscopy does not rely on labelling. You can therefore study multiple molecular species using the same sample. This removes the need for multiple samples with different labelling techniques and leads to significant time savings.
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You may be interested in these papers:
Pilat (2012) J Appl Phycol doi 10.1007/s10811-011-9754-4
Ashton et al (2011) Fut Microbiol 6(9): 991-997
Rapid identification of bacterial infections could save lives
A team of researchers from the Czech Academy of Sciences have been testing a novel way to identify Staphylococcal bacteria, paving the way for faster diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.