Christian Ace V. Bontilao,
Dawn Erika R. Mendez,
Rovy May D. Nablea,
Vinzville C. Sarmiento,
Schilazzi Palou Towe,
Vitaliano V. Fernandez
This study aimed to determine the presences of Escherichia coli on two edible seaweeds, Caulerpa racemosa (lato) and Eucheuma cottonii (guso) and determine the MPN (Most Probable Number) of other microorganisms on both seaweeds. The seaweeds samples were obtained from a major distributor in Carbon Market to which they were harvested and brought in from the province of Bohol to be sold.
Based on the findings, this study found out the occurrence of bacterium E. coli on the seaweed species C. racemosa however found no presence at all in the seaweed E. cottonii. This was carried out with the usage of petrifilms for simple culturing method which enables the specific test for E. coli CFU. Utilizing 24 Petrifilms for each samples only three Petrifilms for E. coli culture on C. racemosa showed presence E. coli CFU whereas for the E. cottonii it showed no presence at all. The MPN was carried out and compared using serial dilution of nine nutrient broth test tubes for each sample. After the incubation, the outcome in both sample inoculums showed a bigger number of microorganisms.
Based on the results, generally the seaweeds are found to be safe from E. coli contamination, however further studies for other possible pathogenic microorganisms are recommended as the MPN of other microorganisms is very high for both species.
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