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molecular detection of bacteria

Rod Savidge savidge at unb.ca
Thu Nov 12 12:56:34 EST 1998

I am wondering if it is possible to screen eukaryotic systems (such as
trees) for bacteria -- both qualitatively to diagnose the presence and
quantitatively to estimate the number present -- using one or more
molecular or enzymatic indicators that is highly diagnostic of bacteria?
I'm familiar with microscopy and plating approaches but would like to
sidestep those with a direct biochemically based procedure.  Any advice
would be welcome.

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