Malt extract agar is used for the detection, isolation and enumeration yeasts and moulds. The high carbohydrate content of the medium ensures rapid growth of yeasts and moulds.
Malt extract and mycological peptone provide the carbon, protein and nutrient sources required by the organisms. The acidic nature of this medium allows for optimal growth of moulds and yeasts while restricting bacterial growth.
Malt extract agar can also be used for the cultivation of fungi, although with the prolonged incubation necessary, cultures may become overgrown by bacteria. The selectivity of the medium can be increased by lowering the pH to 3.5-4.0 or by the addition of selective agents such as chloramphenicol.
Related Supplements :
LS0050 Chloramphenicol Selective Supplement