Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 327–356

Methodologies for the characterization of microbes in industrial environments: a review


  • Johanna Maukonen
    • VTT Biotechnology
  • Jaana Mättö
    • VTT Biotechnology
  • Gun Wirtanen
    • VTT Biotechnology
  • Laura Raaska
    • VTT Biotechnology
  • Tiina Mattila-Sandholm
    • VTT Biotechnology
    • VTT Biotechnology
Review Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10295-003-0056-y

Cite this article as:
Maukonen, J., Mättö, J., Wirtanen, G. et al. J IND MICROBIOL BIOTECHNOL (2003) 30: 327. doi:10.1007/s10295-003-0056-y


There is growing interest in research and development to develop novel tools to study, detect, and characterize microbes and their communities in industrial environments. However, knowledge about their validity in practical industrial use is still scarce. This review describes the advantages and limitations of traditional and molecular methods used for biofilm and/or planktonic cell studies, especially those performed with Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus, and/or Clostridium perfringens. In addition, the review addresses the importance of isolating the microorganisms from the industrial environment and the possibilities and future prospects for exploiting the described methods in the industrial environment.


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