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Kombucha Fermentation

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#1 madaologist



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Posted 10 June 2011 - 07:43 AM

I am interested in deepening my research in the mircobiology of kombucha

I will make some equipment purchases this summer and wanted to get some direction on what types you think might be the best fit. I need the right kind of microscope to identify and count the different strains of both yeast and bacteria in both the liquid and solid (SCOBY/ mother culture/ zoogleal mat/ kombucha mushroom) of kombucha.

Because there are so many specialized types of microscopes, and I'm not experienced in microbiology yet, which type would be ideal (Brightfield, Darkfield, flourescent, phase-contrast, polarizing, etc). What would you recomend? I also want to video monitor through a computer so I can view and save images.
I have no previous experience with microscopes. Any help is appreciated!

Also, if you could recomend any books or manuals (geared towards teaching oneself) how to identify and count both yeast and bacteria from liquid and solid samples, that would be very helpful. Thanks so much!

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