Participants of an international workshop on rapid methods and automation were surveyed concerning the numbers of total plate counts and coliform counts performed per year, the numbers and kinds of pathogen detection tests routinely performed, and the type of instruments and diagnostic kits routinely used in their laboratories. The candid opinions on what is needed in the near future and the general perceptions of the field of rapid methods and automation in microbiology and their wish list were also solicited. Responses from 55 professional practicing microbiologists were analyzed. The data should be of interest to educators and the developers of instruments and diagnostic kits as well as applied microbiologists concerned with the current status and future development of the field of rapid methods and automation in microbiology

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1Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

2Russell Agriculture Research Center, Athens, GA 30604

3Dental Science Institute, University of Texas-Health Science, P.O. Box 20068, Houston, TX 77225.