Introduction

Authored by: Ronald M. Atlas

Handbook of Microbiological Media

Print publication date:  March  2010
Online publication date:  March  2010

Print ISBN: 9781439804063
eBook ISBN: 9781439804087
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/EBK1439804063-c1

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Abstract

The fourth edition of the Handbook of Microbiological Media includes the formulations and descriptions of 7,080 media used for cultivating microorganisms—more than 1500 more than in the previous edition. These include both classic and modern media used for the identification, cultivation, and maintenance of diverse bacteria, archaea, and fungi. Some of these microbiological media are produced by major suppliers of dehydrated media—including Oxoid, HiMedia, and BD Diagnostics (Difco, BBL, and GIBCO). These include all the media normally used in the clinical microbiology diagnostic laboratory and for the routine examination of food and water. Other media described in the fourth edition of the Handbook of Microbiological Media are used to cultivate specific strains of bacteria, archaea, fungi, and protists, including many anaerobes and extremophiles. The fourth edition of the Handbook of Microbiological Media includes the media needed to cultivate the numerous microorganisms currently available from the world’s global bioresource centers (BRCs).

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