What are API-test data?

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API®-tests are defined series of physiological tests in a micro-format that are used for the identification of microorganisms. The test-strips are produced by the company biomérieux.



Example API test: rapid ID 32 Strep


Every single test represents a physiological reaction, for example the activity of an enzyme and/or the utilization of a metabolite.

The tests are interpreted by color change or turbidity and recorded as positive (+), negative (-) or weak (+/-).



Example paper form

Typically, data are recorded in paper forms. Using the BacDive API test finder, data can be easily compared to the world wide largest API® data collection.


Within the strain detail view, API® data are displayed in tables. Extended descriptions for the single reactions are displayed with in the mouse-over function.


Example table for DSM 20523.

Important to notice is that in BacDive only API® raw data are displayed. No statistics were applied to this data and therefore the single reactions may deviate between different API-test, as can be seen in the example for "SOR".