2013 - 2014
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight MALDI-TOF, mass spectometry for identification of bacteria in veterinary medicine
Rapid and correct identification of bacteria are key issues for the CoVetLab institutes. MALDI-TOF technology offers a new approach for identification of bacteria based on the unique protein patterns for different species. Mass spectra are produced from the bacteria and the spectra are compared with spectra in a database. The value of this technique is depending on the quality of the database. In the project, the database will be updated with important veterinary pathogens from partners. Cooperation by the institutes in the extension of the database will be a cost-effective possiblity for an accurate evaluation and implementation of MALDI-TOF in veterinary medicine.