Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Applications in Microbiology

  • Göran Odham
  • Lennart Larsson
  • Per-Anders Mårdh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction to Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry and Applications in Microbiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Per-Anders Mårdh
      Pages 3-5
    3. Lennart Larsson, Göran Odham
      Pages 7-26
    4. Göran Odham, Lennart Larsson
      Pages 27-54
  3. Analysis of Microbial Constituents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Cécile Asselineau, Jean Asselineau
      Pages 57-103
    3. Danielle Patouraux-Promé, Jean-Claude Promé
      Pages 105-156
    4. Samuel L. MacKenzie
      Pages 157-204
  4. Applications

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 437-444

About this book


During recent years there has been increasing interest in the value of a number of chemical and physical-chemical analytical methods for the detection and characterization of microorganisms. Furthermore, such methods are currently used in studies on microbial metabolic processes, on the role of microorganisms in the turnover of inorganic and organic compounds, and on the impact on environmental changes by microbial activity. Moreover, the introduction of some of these methods not only shortens the analytical time period compared to ·'traditional" techniques, but also improves the analytical quality. Mass spectrometry (MS) combined with chromatographic inlet systems, particularly gas chromatography (GC), belongs to those methods which during recent years have established their value for the above-mentioned purposes. The present volume starts with basic chapters on the principles for MS and common inlet systems, particulary Gc. It discusses applications of these techniques to a number of microbiological disciplines, e.g., ecologi­ cal and medical microbiology. Emphasis is laid on organic compound classes vii viii / PREFACE of special relevance to microbiology, e.g., volatiles, lipids, amino acids, peptides and carbohydrates. Some compound classes of a more general biochemical rather than specific microbiological importance, e.g., steroids and nucleotides, are dealt with briefly. The editors wish to thank all those who have contributed to this book. We hope it will stimulate further research in this futuristic field and will be of practical value.


Chromatography medical microbiology metabolic process microbiology microorganism spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Göran Odham
    • 1
  • Lennart Larsson
    • 2
  • Per-Anders Mårdh
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Ecological ChemistryUniversity of LundLundSweden
  2. 2.Department of Medical MicrobiologyUniversity of LundLundSweden

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