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Mycophil Agar with Low pH 1lb


Mycophil Agar with Low pH

Intended Use

Mycological media are used for the cultivation and maintenance of fungi, for the demonstration of chromogenesis and for obtaining yeast and mold counts.

Summary and Explanation

Many different culture media have been developed for the growth of fungi. In comparison with media for the majority of bacterial strains, fungal media are of simple composition, usually consisting of a peptone, dextrose and agar. Selectivity is achieved by lowering the pH, incorporating dyes or adding antimicrobial agents.

Mycophil Agar with Low pH has had its base adjusted to approximately pH 4.7, which obviates the need for pH adjustment with lactic or tartaric acids in the laboratory. It also differs from Mycophil Agar in that an additional 2 g/L of agar has been incorporated so that the medium may be sterilized and remelted without losing its ability to solidify.

Wetzler et al. employed Mycophil Agar with Low pH for enumeration of yeasts and molds in poultry processing plants.1 The formulation also has been recommended for isolation of yeasts and most filamentous fungi from clinical material.2

Principles of the Procedure

The peptone and dextrose ingredients supply sufficient nutrients for the metabolism of fungal species.

User Quality Control

Identity Specifications
Mycophil Agar with Low pH
Dehydrated Appearance: Fine, homogeneous, free of extraneous material,
                                    may contain tan specks.
Solution:                       3.8% solution, soluble in purified water upon
                                    boiling. Solution is light to medium, yellow to
                                    tan, clear to slightly hazy.
Prepared Appearance:     Light to medium, yellow to tan, clear to slightly hazy.
Reaction of 3.8%
Solution at 25°C:            pH 4.7 ± 0.2
Cultural Response

Mycophil Agar with Low pH
Prepare the medium per label directions. Inoculate with fresh cultures and incubate at 25 ± 2°C for 7 days.

Aspergillus brasiliensis (niger) 16404 Good Good
Candida albicans 60193 Good Good
Nocardia asteroides 19247 Good N/A
Penicillium roquefortii 9295 Good N/A
Penicillium roquefortii 10110 N/A Good
Saccharomyces cerevisiae 9763 N/A Good
Trichophyton mentagrophytes 9533 Good N/A


Mycophil Agar with Low pH
Approximate Formula* Per Liter
Papaic Digest of Soybean Meal..................................... 10.0 g
Dextrose.................................................................... 10.0 g
Agar.......................................................................... 18.0 g
*Adjusted and/or supplemented as required to meet performance criteria.

Directions for Preparation from Dehydrated Product

Mycophil Agar with Low pH
1. Suspend 38 g of the powder in 1 L of purified water. Mix thoroughly.
2. Heat with frequent agitation and boil for about 30 seconds to completely dissolve the powder.
3. Autoclave at 118°C for 15 minutes or at 121°C for 10 minutes.
4. The medium should be cooled and used at once. If the medium is allowed to solidify after autoclaving, it may be remelted once. DO NOT OVERHEAT.
5. Test samples of the finished product for performance using stable, typical control cultures.


Inoculate plated media with test specimens or materials so as to obtain isolated colonies. Consult appropriate references for information about the processing and inoculation of specimens.3,4 For isolation of fungi from potentially contaminated specimens, also inoculate a selective medium. Incubate plates at 25-30°C in an inverted position (agar side up) with increased humidity. For isolation of fungi causing systemic mycoses, two sets of media should be inoculated, with one set incubated at 25-30°C and a duplicate set at 35 ± 2°C. All cultures should be examined at least weekly for fungal growth and should be held for 4-6 weeks before being reported as negative.

Expected Results

After sufficient incubation, the plates should show isolated colonies in streaked areas and confluent growth in areas of heavy inoculation. Examine plates for fungal colonies exhibiting typical color and morphology. Yeast and mold colonies can be counted to determine the level of contamination in the test sample. Biochemical tests and serological procedures should be performed to confirm findings.5

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Celebrity Endorsements

1. Wetzler, Musick, Johnson and MacKenzie. 1962. Am. J. Public Health 52:460.

2. Von Riesen and Jensen. 1958. Am. J. Med. Technol. 24:123.

3. Isenberg and Garcia (ed.). 2004 (update, 2007). Clinical microbiology procedures handbook, 2nd ed. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.

4. Murray, Baron, Jorgensen, Landry and Pfaller (ed.). 2007. Manual of clinical microbiology, 9th ed. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.

5. Larone. 1995. Medically important fungi: a guide to identification, 3rd ed. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.

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