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Identification of Bacteria

1. Obtain a colony of your bacterium of interest on a plate.

2. Suspend the colony in sterile DI water (about 0.1 ml).

3. Use as template in a PCR reaction with Taq polymerase (or optionally a more expensive polymerase like Pfu or Kod, but for routine purposes Taq should be fine. A standard reaction mixture with Promega GoTaq would be:


  • 31 microlitres water
  • 10 microlitres 5 x reaction buffer
  • 3 microlitres 25 mM MgCl2 (not required unless using 'Flexi' buffer)
  • 2 microlitres primer mixture fD1 + rD1 (10 pmol/microlitre each)
  • 1 microlitre dNTP mixture (10 mM each)
  • 2 microlitres cell suspension
  • 1 microlitre Taq polymerase
  • TOTAL 50 microlitres


4. Perform PCR, annealing at 58 degrees C and extending for 90 seconds.

5. Check the PCR product on a gel. There should be a single band around 1.5 kb.

6. If all is well, purify the PCR product from the PCR mixture (not from the gel, unless absolutely necessary). Use 20 microlitres of glass beads and elute to 40 microlitres of EB (see 'Purifying DNA from a PCR reaction, link to be added here').

7. Submit the PCR product for sequencing. Prepare 2 reaction mixtures, each with about 2 microlitres of PCR product and 3 microlitres of water (depending on how strong your PCR product was on the gel) and 1 microlitre or primer, either fD1 or rD1, at 5 pmol/microlitre.

8. Wait for the sequence to come back. If you are lucky, you may get overlap and can edit the two sequences into a single near-complete 16S rRNA sequence. Otherwise, just use both sequences separately. Submit as BLAST to Entrez. The top results will indicate the organism in the database which is most closely related to your bacterium.

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