Desorption of adherent bacteria from a solid hydrophobic surface by oil

Mel Rosenberg*, Herbert Judes, Ervin Weiss

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Oils efficiently desorbed bacteria from a solid surface (polystyrene). Desorption was measured qualitatively by staining techniques, and quantitatively by following the outgrowth kinetics of cells remaining on the plastic surface following the washing procedure. Approximately 97% of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus RAG-1 cells adhering to a polystyrene cuvette were removed following two successive washings in the presence of olive oil.s Results suggest that oils may serve as potent, non-toxic desorbing agents to remove attached hydrophobic bacteria from surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microbiological Methods
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1983


  • Acinetobactor
  • Adherence
  • Desorption
  • Hydrophobicity
  • Oils
  • Polystyrene


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