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    Enumeration of Specific Populations by the Most-Probable-Number (MPN) Method

    Published: Jan 1979

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    The most-probable-number (MPN) method of bacteria enumeration dates back to the earliest days of bacteriology. Despite drawbacks of the method, it offers a relatively simple and useful means of estimating microbial populations, especially for determining the physiological potential of microbial biomass.


    aquatic bacteria, enumeration, most-probable-number (MPN) method, bacterial count

    Author Information:

    Colwell, RR
    Professor of microbiology, University of Maryland, Md.

    Committee/Subcommittee: D19.24

    DOI: 10.1520/STP36003S

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