Hypothetical model for monitoring microbial growth by using capacitance measurements--a minireview.

Academic Article


  • Microbiological impedance devices are used routinely by food and manufacturing industries, and public health agencies to measure microbial growth and metabolism. In this paper a hypothetical model explaining the effects of microbial growth and metabolism on capacitance at electrode-medium interfaces, that can be supported by fundamental theories and principles of electrochemistry, is presented. This model provides a framework to interpret changes in capacitance during microbial growth and metabolism and can be used to generate and test hypotheses on factors (i.e., temperature, microbial cell density, microbial growth and medium conductivity) contributing to increases or decreases in capacitance.
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  • Culture Media, Electric Conductivity, Electrodes, Microbiological Techniques, Models, Biological
  • Author List

  • Noble PA
  • Start Page

  • 45
  • End Page

  • 49
  • Volume

  • 37
  • Issue

  • 1