Due to its similar resistance to chemical disinfectants and microbial physiology, Mycobacterium terrae, a slow-growing mycobacteria, is often used as a surrogate for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. International standards recommend this organism for the evaluation of mycobactericidal activity of chemical disinfectants. Reducing the incubation time of this mycobacteria can expedite the search for new tuberculocidal agents and provide an opportunity to investigate physiology of mycobacteria.
As a leader in tuberculocidal applications and the biology of Mycobacterium, Metrex has developed a new rapid method for early detection of M. terrae using fluorescent staining technology. The innovative method can reduce the turnaround time by half for the assessment of mycobactericidal activity of disinfectants. O. Borohov, Ph.D, R. Carrier and M. Vu will present important data on a rapid culture-based quantitative method for the early detection of Mycobacterium terrae.
Please visit our Metrex/ KaVo Kerr Poster #109, “New Method for Early Detection of Mycobacterium terrae” at ASM 2014 in Boston to discuss infection prevention and celebrate innovative research with us!