A revolution in E. coli and Coliform testing, the R-CARD™ test method offers the most convenient, streamlined way to detect not only the presence of E. coli and Coliform (ECC) in one test, but also the number of colonies. This test medium eliminates Aeromonas false positive as Coliform.
- Completely self-contained, requiring almost no additional equipment
- Extremely accurate and easy to understand results
- Fast results in 15 hours (incubated)
- Free technical support on any step of the process
- E. coli will show up as dark blue dots, Coliform will show up as dark pink/red dots
How It Works
Unlike most bacteria testing kits on the market, R-CARD rapid tests require almost no additional equipment and offer an extremely easy user-experience. Simply lift the R-CARD clear film and deposit 1 mL of your liquid sample on the card. Then release the clear film so it can fall back on top of the card, covering your sample. Within 1-3 minutes, the liquid sample will solidify between the two layers. This prevents it from dripping or leaking, making R-CARD rapid tests incredibly easy to transport and use in the field.
For quickest results, it’s best to incubate your sample at 35±0.5°C for 15-20 hours. After the appropriate incubation time, dark blue dots will appear showing E. coli colonies, dark pink/red colonies will appear showing Coliform colonies, and Aeromonas species, if present, are virtually undetectable as they grow as small, light yellow colonies that are very hard to see due to the R-CARD background. The best way to determine if Aeromonads are present is to do a side-by-side comparison of the test sample on one R-CARD ECC-A and one R-CARD ECC and count the Coliform results. If there are more dark pink/red colonies on the standard R-CARD ECC test card than on the R-CARD ECC-A, the differential indicates the presence and numbers of Aeromonas in the sample. To enumerate, simply count the number of colonies of each type.
For more detailed instructions, please check out the PDFs below. Remember, we offer free technical support on any stage of the process and would be happy to instruct and advise you.
Technical Step-by-Step Instructions: View PDF document
R-CARD General Use Instructions: View PDF document
Why R-CARD™ Rapid Tests Are Better Than Competing Products
R-CARD rapid tests offer a revolution in convenience without sacrificing accuracy. The cards are completely self-contained and don’t require petri dishes, agar, or other gear that’s fragile and prone to leak. Simply place your sample on the card and wait 1-3 minutes for the liquid sample to solidify between the two layers. This prevents it from dripping or leaking. Cards can easily be stored or packed away.
It’s also incredibly easy to read R-CARD results. After the appropriate incubation time, simply count the dark blue dots for the number of E. coli colonies and the dark pink/red dots for the number of Coliform colonies. This easy-to-read color system is a significant improvement from other multi-bacteria tests, where differentiating between microbes can be very difficult.
Additional Equipment Needed
While the R-CARD rapid tests are completely self-contained, you will need a sterile dropper or syringe to dispense your liquid sample onto the card. Once your sample is collected, it’s recommended to use an incubator to rapidly decrease the time it takes to view results.
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Why Choose Roth Bioscience?
Dr. Jonathan Roth is one of the most well-known names in microbiology and bacteria testing. He was the first to develop testing methods to use enzyme substrates for producing different colors to distinguish different types of bacteria. Roth Bioscience is still run by Dr. Roth, who continues to offer some of the most revolutionary innovations in the industry.