Table 3.

Comparison of tests detecting acid formation in systems for identification of gram-positive bacteria

SubstrateIdentification systema
IdentifiesMicrococcaceae andStreptococcaceaeIdentifiesMicrococcaceaeIdentifies Streptococcaceae
MS GPMS Rapid GPVitek GPIPasco GP IDAPI Staph IDGeary et al. (86)Kloos and Bannerman (129)API Staph ID 32StaphZymRapID STRRapid ID 32 StrepAPI 20 Strep
n-Acetylglucosamine+++
Arabinose+++++++
Arabitol+
Cellobiose++++++
Cyclodextrin+
Fructose+
Glucose+++
Glycerol+
Glycogen++
Hemicellulose+
Inulin++++
Lactose+++++++++
Maltose++++++
Mannitol+++++++++++
Mannose+++++
Melezitose++
Melibiose+++
Methyl-β-d-glucopyranoside+
Pullulan++
Pyruvate++
Raffinose++++++++
Ribose+++++++
Salicin+++
Sorbitol+++++
Starch+
Sucrose+++++++
Tagatase+
Trehalose++++++++++
Turanose++
Xylose+++
No. of tests10111864101214241710
  • a For an explanation of the identification systems, see Table 1, footnote a.