The aim was to investigate the effect of addition of Novobiocin to the non-selective buffered peptone water (BPW) for pre-enrichment of Salmonella in connection with plating on modified semisolid Rappaport-Vassiliadis (MSRV). In a semi-quantitative study, the level of Salmonella following pre-enrichment of 32 presumably naturally contaminated swine fecal samples were assessed for BPW with and without addition of Novobiocin (22 mug/ml). In another experiment, a total of 400 swine fecal samples were screened for the presence of Salmonella spp., in order to compare the performance of the nonselective pre-enrichment broth with BPW made semi-selective by addition of Novobiocin. The semi-quantitative assessment of the Salmonella level showed that addition of Novobiocin in the pre-enrichment step on average increased the level of Salmonella 1.2 log dilution steps. When growth was scored at five levels, 90 samples opposed to 50 yielded a strong positive reading (+++) when Novobiocin was applied. Growth was on average 0.3 scores higher when pre-enriched with Novobiocin. The difference in growth score medians of the two methods was highly significant (Sign test; p <0.001). Despite the increased sensitivity, 13 culture-positive samples were missed when using the Novobiocin-containing BPW. In conclusion, a simple addition of Novobiocin in the BPW pre-enrichment step of fecal samples may facilitate reading and thereby detection of Salmonella on MSRV. The increase of Salmonella in the semi-quantitative study may be caused by a reduction in the number of competitive microorganisms.
Journal of Microbiological Methods, 2003, Vol 55, Issue 1, p. 249-255