Saccharomyces cerevisiae floc
Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
A standardized image analysis method has been developed permitting determination of the number of yeast flocs and their size distribution. The method includes image grabbing, image enhancement, automatic determination of the appropriate threshold, curve fitting of the areahistogram, determination of the mean single floc area and its standard deviation, and floc counting. The extension of the method to other applications is immediate and straightforward. Two Saccharomyces cerevisiae floc Populations (with ages of 48 and 72 h) were analyzed. The results showed a variation around the mean of 9%-12% for the single floc mean area, 6%-7% for the number of single flocs, and 5%-6% for the total number of flocs. Aggregates of two flocs (doublets) and three flocs (triplets) were enumerated. The correctness of the method was checked by analyzing the parameters of interest as a function of the threshold. The constant correlation between the parameters and the threshold showed the validity and consistency of the method. © 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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