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Rapid and reliable identification of waterborne Legionella species by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry

Dilger, Thorsten ; Melzl, Holger ; Gessner, André


Detection and enumeration of Legionella bacteria in drinking water is regulated in Germany by ISO 11731-2. The mandatory method for species identification employs parallel subculturing of suspicious colonies on selective media requiring the handling of a large number of cultivation plates. After changes to the drinking water quality regulation in Germany in 2012 the demand for Legionella ...


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