How do you make a lawn plate?

Bacterial lawns can be produced manually by evenly spreading a high amount of bacteria onto an agar plate using a sterile cotton swab or a Drigalski spatula. Alternatively an automated machine can be used such as a spiral plater where the plate is rotated and the sample is spread evenly using an automated dispenser.

What are the plate techniques?

Spread plate technique is the method of isolation and enumeration of microorganisms in a mixed culture and distributing it evenly. The technique makes it easier to quantify bacteria in a solution.

How do you do the spread plate technique?

Sterilize a plate spreader and touch it to the surface of the agar, away from the dispensed liquid, to cool. To spread the dispensed liquid around the plate, gently push the plate spreader back and forth. Use your other hand to hold the lid above the plate and to spin the plate to get an even spread.

Why did the plasmid LB plate grow into a lawn?

If no antibiotic was present in the LB plate, then all the cells could grow, even those without a plasmid, and this resulted in lawn formation (similarly to plates with degraded antibiotics).

What is culture method?

Culture methods involve taking samples from the field and detecting the presence of microbe by culturing them. From the amount of microbial species their influence on corrosion is estimated. Culture media to grow different microbes have been established.

How many plating techniques are there?

Here we present the steps for several plating methods routinely used in the laboratory to isolate, propagate, or enumerate microorganisms such as bacteria and phage. All five methods incorporate aseptic technique, or procedures that maintain the sterility of experimental materials.

What tools are needed to perform the spread plate technique?


  • Glasswares: screw-capped test tubes, sterile pipettes, glass rod spreader (bent in the shape of a hockey stick), or commercially available sterile spreaders.
  • Medium: Plate count agar or nutrient agar.

What is the purpose of the LB plate?

Luria broth (LB) is a nutrient-rich media commonly used to culture bacteria in the lab. The addition of agar to LB results in the formation of a gel that bacteria can grow on, as they are unable to digest the agar but can gather nutrition from the LB within.

What is the function of the LB amp plate?

LB and LB/Amp Plates: These plates contain the bacterial nutrient medium, Luria-Bertani, which has been solidified with agar. LB/Amp plates have the antibiotic ampicillin added. Store these plates in refrigerator until ready for use.

What is the purpose of a lawn plate?

Spread or ‘lawn’ plates should result in a heavy, often confluent growth of culture spread evenly over the surface of the growth medium. This means they can be used to test the sensitivity of bacteria to many antimicrobial substances, for example, mouthwashes, garlic, disinfectants and antibiotics.

What can you do with a lawn plate?

Lawn plates A lawn plate has the microbes spread on top of the agar with a sterile spreader so colonies will grow only on the surface. Lawn plates are best made individually in class and can be used to show microbial growth or testing anti-microbial chemicals.

What’s the best way to make a spread plate?

Dip the L-shaped glass spreader into alcohol. Flame the glass spreader (hockey stick) over a Bunsen burner. Spread the sample evenly over the surface of agar using the sterile glass spreader, carefully rotating the Petridish underneath at the same time. Incubate the plate at 37°C for 24 hours. Calculate the CFU value of the sample.

What should a spread or lawn plate look like?

Notes based on information in ‘Basic practical microbiology’ © Society for General Microbiology. Refer to the standard procedure Aseptic techniques before starting this or any other microbiology practical work. Spread or ‘lawn’ plates should result in a heavy, often confluent growth of culture spread evenly over the surface of the growth medium.

How is spread plating used in a cell?

It is used for viable plate counts, in which the total number of colony forming units on a single plate is enumerated. It is used to calculate the concentration of cells in the tube from which the sample was plated. Spread plating is routinely used in enrichment, selection, and screening experiments.