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catalogi's picture

Hallo all,
What is an API test? I know it has something to do with bacteria, but what is it and how does it work?
If I do a search with google I find all sorts of webpages about computerprogramming, but I do not think this has anything to do with the api test I am curious about.

MUTHUMARIAPPAN Murugan's picture
The API 20E System is a

The API 20E System is a miniatuized version of conventional tests that is used for the identification of members of the family Enterobacteriaceae and other gram-negative bacteria. This system utilizes a plastic strip with 20 separated compartments. Each compartments consists of a depression, or cupule, and a small tube that contains a specific dehydrated medum. After you inoculated each compartment with an unknown bacteria, a reaction will occur within 24 hours.

lucilius's picture
Interesting topic.

Interesting topic.

Is there a protocol about what it in the tubes? A general overview? A website maybe with a direct overview about what testmedia is used?


ProtocolFinder's picture
Here's a start with a decent

Here's a start with a decent overview and some info about how the API works. 
along with a link to the manufacturer
I doubt they will tell us what is in the strips though.