Listeria isolation medium (Oxford) is based on the formulation described by Curtis et al. and is used for the isolation and identification of Listeria spp. in food and clinical laboratories.
Columbia agar base provides the required carbon, nitrogen and vitamins in the medium. Lithium chloride is included to inhibit enterococci. Aesculin is present as an indicator; Listeria spp. will hydrolyse aesculin and the associated reaction with the ferric ammonium citrate gives rise to a black precipitate around the colonies.
Selectivity is enhanced by addition of Listeria Oxford selective supplement (LS0030). This contains acriflavine, cefoxitin, colistin, fosfomycin and amphotericin to inhibit any yeasts present and some other Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms that may be present in specimens.
Related Supplements :
LS0030 Listeria Oxford Selective Supplement