UNIT 1.11 Flow Cytometers for Characterization of Microorganisms

  1. Harald B. Steen

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142956.cy0111s07

Current Protocols in Cytometry

Current Protocols in Cytometry

How to Cite

Steen, H. B. 2001. Flow Cytometers for Characterization of Microorganisms. Current Protocols in Cytometry. 7:1.11:1.11.1–1.11.9.

Author Information

  1. Norsk Hydro Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: JAN 1999


The measurement of microbes is an increasingly important application in flow cytometry. The small size of these organisms can create special difficulties for instruments designed to analyze much larger eukaryotic cells. This unit describes the problems encountered in making microbiological measurements, the instrument requirements, and some approaches that can be taken to optimize the instrument. This material is essential background for the protocols found in chapter 11, Microbiological Applications.