What is a Lab Inoculating Loop ?
To precisely define a Inoculating Loop is a piece of stainless steel, nicrome or platinum with a cable mounted on a handle. The cable could be of any size.
The Inoculating Loop, also known as an inoculation rod or microjet, is a simple tool used mainly by microbiologists to recover a inoculum from a culture of microorganisms.
It is a tool generally in which the tip forms a small loop with a diameter of approximately 5 mm, and is used to spread, crack or take an inoculum from a culture of microorganisms.
This tool is useful for use in inoculation or culture of microorganisms, as it can be easily sterilized over a flame by transferring or recovering microorganisms, avoiding or reducing the possibilities of cross contamination.
The Inoculating Loop is used in the culture of microbes in plates by transferring inoculum for the formation of stripes. In addition, it can be used to transfer microscopic organisms.
Touching a broth or culture plate will gather enough microbes for inoculation. The Inoculating Loops are soft and flexible to provide uniform stripes without damaging the gel surface.
To define precisely one is a piece of stainless steel, nicrome, platinum or other cable mounted on a handle. The cable can be of any size. Those made with platinum wires are widely used.
The advantage of platinum includes fast heating and fast cooling and saves time and faster we can work. Inoculating Loops are tools for safely transferring clinical microbiology samples.
Disposable or reusable tools can be used to facilitate uniform staining of the slide. After thin devices obtain bacterial samples from colonies that grow on media plates, the sample is smeared on a sterile plate for further examination.
Straight needles are best suited to remove samples from individual colonies, while loops can retrieve larger samples. Color-coded models make it easy to select the right tool.
Color-coded models make it easy to select the right tool. Handle holders do not cut or tear the surface of the agar during scratching. Today, some Inoculating Loops are made of high-impact polystyrene and are smooth and flexible to facilitate uniform, smooth scratching without damaging the gel surface.
The needles are straight and suitable for the extraction of samples from individual colonies. Sterile packaging in secure, tamper evident and hermetically sealed bags. Disposable Inoculating Loops do not need flames and therefore eliminate the risk of infection due to the formation of pathogenic substances in aerosol. Cross-contamination due to improper sterilization is eliminated. Can be used under hoods safely.
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