mt asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 decade ago

why is an oxidase test performed on a culture before using API 20E and entertube II to identify the culture?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Those identification methods are used to detect enteric pathogens. Normal enteric flora are all oxidase negative, so you would only perform an identification on oxidase positive organisms...those that are potential enteric pathogens.

    Source(s): M.S. in microbiology and medical technologist training
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