Legionella busanensis Park et al.
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2. Using a single tube of #1099 broth (5 to 6 ml), withdraw approximately 0.5 to 1.0 ml with a Pasteur or 1.0 ml pipette. Rehydrate the entire pellet.
3. Aseptically transfer this aliquot back into the broth tube. Mix well.
4. Use several drops of the suspension to inoculate a #1099 agar slant and/or plate.
5. Incubate the tubes and plate at 37°C for 72 hours in an atmosphere of 5% CO2.
Colonies on #1099 agar are small, entire, glistening, circular, smooth, dull white, low convex, and slightly mucoid.
Legionella species are nutritionally fastidious and are inhibited by media of poor caliber, so strict attention should be paid to the quality of the ingredients. The pH of the medium should be checked when cool, and is most critical. Unbuffered medium should not be used. Exposure of medium to light, particularly when hot, may also result in the accumulation of peroxides that can be inhibitory to the bacteria.
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Park MY, et al. Legionella busanensis sp. nov., isolated from cooling tower water in Korea. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 53: 77-80, 2003. PubMed: 12656155