Whether you study viruses, bacteria, yeasts, or parasites, here you can find out how well-suited BMG LABTECH plate readers are for all of them.

Microbiological assays examine mechanisms in bacteria, viruses, and parasites. They are essential for understanding infectious diseases, their spread, treatment, and prevention.

Many assays assess the growth or reproduction of microbes. Bacteria, fungi and parasites are mainly quantified using the absorbance measurement mode, while the replication of viruses is typically measured by luminescence. All growth and replication assays need to be measured over time in order to determine growth rates. Time courses can be measured with all BMG LABTECH microplate readers. In addition, the instruments regulates the incubation temperature and atmosphere to desired O2 and CO2 values, generating optimal growth conditions.

BMG LABTECH's multi-mode plate readers can do much more than just growth measurements: they measure how a virus docks onto a cell, how viruses can be neutralized, what helps against biofilms, whether a substance has an antibiotic effect and much more.


Search our Resources section for information about specific applications, literature citations, videos, blog articles and many other publications. Many of the resources provided are associated with current and previous instrument models and versions.

    cells under the microscope showing microbial growth
    October 11, 2019

    Measure microbial growth using the „OD600“

    Do you remember what you did in your microbiology practical during your studies? Clearly, I cannot recall every detail, but I still know that measuring the OD600 was an essential part of it: Draw a sample, place it into a cuvette, measure the OD at 600 nm and record the value along with the time. Ten years have passed since then and yet capturing the OD600 to determine microbial growth is more common than ever. Reason enough for us to shed light on why the method is used so intensively, how the method developed and what should be considered in the OD600 measurement.

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    • Outgrowth endothelial cells form a functional cerebral barrier and restore its integrity after damage

      Abdulkadir, RR;Alwjwaj, M;Othman, OA;Rakkar, K;Bayraktutan, U;[2020]

      Neural Regen Res

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    • Styryllactones from Goniothalamus tamirensis

      Meesakul, P;Jaidee, W;Richardson, C;Andersen, RJ;Patrick, BO;Willis, AC;Muanprasat, C;Wang, J;Lei, X;Hadsadee, S;Jungsuttiwong, S;Pyne, SG;Laphookhieo, S;[2020]


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    • Antimicrobial Honey-Inspired Glucose-Responsive Nanoreactors by Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly

      Blackman, LD;Oo, ZY;Qu, Y;Gunatillake, PA;Cass, P;Locock, KES;[2020]

      ACS Appl Mater Interfaces

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    • Spatiotemporal Assessment of the Cellular Safety of Cavitation-Based Therapies by Passive Acoustic Mapping

      Smith, CAB;Coussios, CC;[2020]

      Ultrasound Med Biol

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    • Thermodynamic, Spatial and Methodological Considerations for the Manufacturing of Therapeutic Polymer Nanoparticles

      Maslanka Figueroa, S;Fleischmann, D;Beck, S;Goepferich, A;[2020]

      Pharm. Res.

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