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Table 2 Aerobic viable count (log10 cfu per g dry weight) ± standard error of fresh faecal samples and matching soil controls using plate count and hydrolase specific agar

From: Evaluation of wild herbivore faeces from South Africa as a potential source of hydrolytically active microorganisms

Sample PC agar Starch agar Skim milk agar Tween 80 agar CMC agar
Giraffe 8.53 ± 6.16 8.51 ± 6.00 8.50 ± 5.76 7.78 ± 5.08 8.40 ± 5.95
Giraffe soil 6.50 ± 3.99 6.49 ± 4.08 6.30 ± 4.25 6.20 ± 3.95 6.16 ± 3.95
Impala 8.29 ± 6.18 8.25 ± 5.76 8.24 ± 6.25 6.53 ± 3.95 8.01 ± 5.95
Impala soil 6.27 ± 3.57 6.10 ± 3.57 6.07 ± 4.50 <4 6.16 ± 4.18
Zebra 8.30 ± 5.64 8.13 ± 5.76 7.52 ± 6.32 8.16 ± 5.95 7.63 ± 4.95
Zebra soil 6.68 ± 4.18 5.92 ± 3.58 5.09 ± 3.00 <4 6.29 ± 3.50
Cow 8.13 ± 5.49 7.79 ± 5.34 6.76 ± 4.27 7.59 ± 5.36 7.47 ± 5.18
  1. <4 = lower than detection limit of 104 cfu/g dry weight
  2. CMC carboxymethyl cellulose agar, PC plate count agar, cfu colony forming units