Counting of cultivable and viable fungal spores and yeasts can be performed from a variety of samples including liquid and solid matrices. Non-selective culture media and different growth temperatures are used in order to reveal the diversity of the fungal content.
Two types of counting are proposed:
- Without morphotyping: isolated colonies are enumerated with a distinction between yeasts and filamentous fungi. Results are expressed as colony forming units (CFU) of yeasts and of filamentous fungi per gram or ml of bulk material.
- With morphotyping: in addition, filamentous fungi are roughly identified based on their morphology. Results are expressed as CFU of yeasts and of each filamentous fungi morphotype per gram or ml of bulk material.
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