Use of fluorescent probes to assess physiological functions of bacteria at single-cell level

Microbes Infect. 2000 Oct;2(12):1523-35. doi: 10.1016/s1286-4579(00)01307-1.


A wide diversity of fluorescent probes is currently available to assess the physiological state of microorganisms. The recent development of techniques such as solid-phase cytometry, the increasing sensitivity of fluorescence tools and multiparametric approaches combining taxonomic and physiological probes have improved the effectiveness of direct methods in environmental and industrial microbiology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
  • Bacteriological Techniques / methods*
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Fluorescent Dyes*
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence / instrumentation*
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence / methods


  • Fluorescent Dyes