Breakthrough for In-Clinic Culture and Sensitivity
Spectrum™ is an
differential agar that can be used in conjunction with traditional culture
methods to aid in presumptive identification of many common bacterial
When plated on Spectrum™ agar,
produces colored colonies unique to the organism. Identification is made by comparing the
reactions to a
color reference chart
included with your first order.
For example, E. coli organisms produce a pink to
red colony while Klebsiella produces blue to green-blue colonies.
Pseudomonas colonies appear light green. Staphylococcus aureus produces a white
to mauve colony and Proteus
appear as diffuse tan colonies. Color reactions are genus
and in some cases, species specific. Following inoculation,
organisms will typically grow out in 16-24 hours.
combines Spectrum™ agar and traditional TSA agar w/5% blood into
a special bi-plate. Blood agar, a non-differential medium that will
support the growth of most Gram positive and negative bacteria,
can also help identify certain hemolytic organisms, in particular
Group B Streptococcus and S. equi.
Spectrum-Plus™ is an excellent choice for culturing
mares prior to breeding and for diagnosing uterine infection. A paper entitled "How to Diagnose
Common Equine Reproductive Tract Bacterial Pathogens Using
Chromogenic Agar" (Beehan et.al) presented at the 2009 AAEP
conference touted the advantages of using chromogenic agars in the
and Spectrum™ Plus agar are packaged in boxes of 10 individually
wrapped plates for extended shelf life. Complete
As with all culture procedures, a 37° incubator is required.
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