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Chapter 4.9 : Rapid Biochemical Tests (4 Hours or Less) for the Identification of Anaerobes
Many anaerobic isolates may be identified to the genus and species levels using a variety of preformed-enzyme tests or other rapid biochemical tests. In some instances, tests for identification beyond the level that can be attained with the various spot tests described in procedure 4.6 are needed. Presumptive or definitive identification of anaerobes is possible by using individual biochemical tests or a combination of preformed enzymatic manifestations.