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Electrochemical detection of food-spoiling bacteria using interdigitated platinum microelectrodes

: Fysun, O.; Schmitt, A.; Auernhammer, P.T.; Rauschnabel, J.; Langowski, H.-C.


Journal of Microbiological Methods 161 (2019), S.63-70
ISSN: 0167-7012
Fraunhofer IVV ()

The fast and non-destructive detection of bacterial attachment on food contact surfaces is important for the prevention of the unwanted formation of biofilms. Biofilms constitute a protected growth mode that allows bacteria to survive even in hostile environments. Therefore, the fast detection of bacterial attachment may be an effective strategy for biofilm control. In this study cyclic voltammetry (CV)was used to detect Bacillus subtilis ssp. subtilis, Paenibacillus polymyxa, Pseudomonas fragi attachment on interdigitated microelectrodes. The differences in current between the uncolonized sterile microelectrodes and the microelectrodes after bacterial attachment were determined. In addition, the surface coverage of microelectrodes was visualized using microscopy techniques. The results showed that the cyclic voltammetry in combination with interdigitated platinum microelectrodes can be used to detect bacterial biofilms.