Counting ofEscherichia coliby a microflow cytometer based on a photonic-microfluidic integrated device
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Counting of Escherichia coli DH5α-cell suspensions in PBS is performed using a microflow cytometer based on a photonic-microfluidic integrated device. Side-scattered light signals are used to count the E. coli cells. A detection efficiency of 92% is achieved when compared with the expected count from a hemocytometer. The detection efficiency is correlated to the ratio of sample to sheath flow rates. It is demonstrated that E. coli can be easily distinguished from beads of similar sizes (2-4 μm) as their scattering intensities are different.
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