Microbiological tests locate and identify various different bacteria and also detect the activities of antibacterial agents.
The Institute of Forensic Science carries out a number of microbiological examinations which provide answers to the following questions:
» The presence of bacteria at any defined location (food, substrates, fluids)
» The identification of bacteria causing illnesses (pathogens)
» The detection of antibacterial activity
» The detection of genetically engineered plant species (genetically modified
The microbiological tests are important in cases concerning environmental protection and pollution, consumerism and health.