The quality control of culture media used forLegionellaspp. isolation and enumeration is paramount to achieve a satisfactory degree of comparability among water testing results from different laboratories. Here, we report on a comparative assessment of the sensitivity and selectivity of MWY and BCYE alpha media supplied by two different manufacturers (i.e., Xebios Diagnostics GmbH and Oxoid Ltd) for the detection ofLegionellaspp. from environmental water samples. Even though our analysis showed an excellent agreement between the recovery rates of the four media tested (90.5%), the quantitative recovery ofLegionellaspp. colonies using Xebios media was significantly greater than that achieved by Oxoid media (P= 0.0054). Furthermore, the sensitivity of detection was significantly higher when samples were plated on MWY(Xebios)agar (P= 0.0442), while the selectivity of MWY appeared to be the same regardless of the manufacturer. Furthermore, MWY(Xebios)agar favored the growth of much larger colonies compared to those observed on MWY(Oxoid)agar. Finally, MWY(Xebios)medium enhanced the recovery of non-pneumophila Legionellaspecies. Collectively, our findings demonstrate that quality control is crucial to ensure high selectivity and sensitivity of the culture media used for the detection and enumeration ofLegionellaspp. from environmental water resources. As water remediation measures strictly depend onLegionellaspp. recovery, culture protocol standardization, as well as quality control of the culture media, is essential to achieve intra- and interlaboratory reproducibility and accuracy.

Sensitivity and Selectivity of Two Commercially Available Media for Legionella spp. Recovery from Environmental Water Samples

Ditommaso, Savina
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Giacomuzzi, Monica;Memoli, Gabriele;Garlasco, Jacopo;Zotti, Carla Maria
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2020

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The quality control of culture media used forLegionellaspp. isolation and enumeration is paramount to achieve a satisfactory degree of comparability among water testing results from different laboratories. Here, we report on a comparative assessment of the sensitivity and selectivity of MWY and BCYE alpha media supplied by two different manufacturers (i.e., Xebios Diagnostics GmbH and Oxoid Ltd) for the detection ofLegionellaspp. from environmental water samples. Even though our analysis showed an excellent agreement between the recovery rates of the four media tested (90.5%), the quantitative recovery ofLegionellaspp. colonies using Xebios media was significantly greater than that achieved by Oxoid media (P= 0.0054). Furthermore, the sensitivity of detection was significantly higher when samples were plated on MWY(Xebios)agar (P= 0.0442), while the selectivity of MWY appeared to be the same regardless of the manufacturer. Furthermore, MWY(Xebios)agar favored the growth of much larger colonies compared to those observed on MWY(Oxoid)agar. Finally, MWY(Xebios)medium enhanced the recovery of non-pneumophila Legionellaspecies. Collectively, our findings demonstrate that quality control is crucial to ensure high selectivity and sensitivity of the culture media used for the detection and enumeration ofLegionellaspp. from environmental water resources. As water remediation measures strictly depend onLegionellaspp. recovery, culture protocol standardization, as well as quality control of the culture media, is essential to achieve intra- and interlaboratory reproducibility and accuracy.
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https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0817/9/7/523/pdf
Legionella spp.; culture media; environmental monitoring; quality control
Ditommaso, Savina; Giacomuzzi, Monica; Memoli, Gabriele; Garlasco, Jacopo; Zotti, Carla Maria
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