The traditional Culture technique for bacterial enumeration requires prolonged incubation times and only measures viable bacterial densities. In comparison, the technique of Fluorescence Microscopy offers a method for obtaining total bacterfal determinations fn a much shorter time. This paper fs concerned with a preliminary comparison of these two methods.
Mager, Paul J.
"Comparison of D.I. Water Bacteria Counts by culture and Fluorescence Microscopy,"
Journal of the Microelectronic Engineering Conference: Vol. 1
, Article 18.
Available at: http://scholarworks.rit.edu/ritamec/vol1/iss1/18