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24 hour bacteria screening with Lumiprobe. (Plant).

In response to the needs of the food industry, Europrobe has launched an innovative range of quick kits for detecting the presence of pathogenic germs.

The Lumiprobe 24 requires just 24 hours to detect Salmonella and Listeria bacteria. The method is 100% reliable, both for small batches in test tubes or microscope plates, and also for high volume analysis or automated laboratories. These tests do not require new equipment and can be carried out in all QC laboratories.

The Lumiprobe tests use nucleic sensors developed for detecting Listeria and Salmonella bacteria. The advantages of the technique lie in its ease of use, its automation, the quality of its results, a response time of less than 24 hours, and the ability of controlling costs for the users. Luminescent readings are achievable thanks to the joint use of biotechnological innovations in terms of genetic probes used in sandwich hybridisation. The protocol is extremely sensitive and can easily be used by all personnel experienced in the screening of pathogens.

There is first a single 20-hour enrichment phase in a specific "RM" mixture, supplied ready to use in liquid or powder form. Thereafter the identification phase takes less than 2 hours and only requires simple procedures such as pipetting, incubation, rinsing and reading. This nucleic hybridisation technique is performed on the rRNA of the target bacteria and can detect, without false positives or negatives, a single bacterium regardless of the sample area.

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