Fastidious Anaerobe Agar is intended as a primary isolation medium capable of supporting most clinically significant anaerobes including fastidious organisms.
The formulation is complex and includes detoxification agents (starch and sodium bicarbonate), growth enhancing agents (cysteine, arginine, vitamin K, sodium succinate, glucose and pyrophosphate), as well as haemin to encourage pigment production in Porphyromonas melaninogenicus.
Sodium pyruvate is also included to help neutralise hydrogen peroxide.
In this instance the medium is further enriched by the addition of 5% horse blood.
This product is suitable for use with the EUCAST disc diffusion method for selected rapidly growing anaerobic bacteria.