Microbial activities have detrimental effects on industrial infrastructure. If not controlled, microbial presence can result in corrosion, biofilm formation, and product degradation. Serial dilution tests are routinely used for evaluating presence and abundance of microorganisms by diluting samples and culturing microbes in specific media designed to support microorganisms with particular properties, such as sulfate reduction.A high-throughput sequencing approach was used to evaluate changes in microbial composition during four standard serial dilution tests. Analysis of 159 isolates revealed significant differences in the microbial compositions of sequential serial dilution titers and identified several cases where: (a) bacteria known to have a detrimental metabolic function (such as acid production) were lost in the serial dilution medium designed to test for this function; (b) bacteria virtually absent in the original sample became dominant in the serial dilution medium. These observations raise concerns regarding the accuracy and overall usefulness of serial dilution tests.
- microbiologically influenced corrosion
- serial dilution test
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)