Automated monitoring and analysis of microbial growth – growth monitoring
The monitor developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT (https://www.fit.fraunhofer.de) analyses the growth of microbial cultures in an automated process. It has been developed within an EFRE project with several partners. The use of standardized microtiter plates ensures the compatibility of the system with existing workflows in the laboratory. The system stands alone compared with competing products due to the large numbers of cultures monitored in parallel (96/384-well-plates) and the generation of online growth curves. The related software evaluates the growth of each well individually. Combined with preset antibiotics in the microtiter plate, the system can be used e. g. to perform antibiotic susceptibility tests (AST) in a short time. The growth monitor is of particular interest for clinical analysis laboratories and microbiological research institutions. Additionally, it can support the screening of drugs in human and animal cell cultures and is therefore of great interest for research in the pharmaceutical industry. Fraunhofer FIT has contributed its expertise in the development of optical systems, process automation and system integration to the development of the growth monitor.