Potato dextrose agar is recommended for the detection and enumeration of yeasts and moulds in food and dairy products.It can also be used for the cultivation of fungi although with the prolonged
incubation necessary cultures may become overgrown by bacteria.
The low pH (5.6) suppresses the growth of most bacteria and the low mineral content ensures good pigment production by fungi where appropriate.
This medium meets the requirements of the Harmonised USP/EP/JP.(1,2&3)
(1) United States Pharmacopeial Convention. 2007. The United States pharmacopeia, 31st ed., Amended Chapters 61, 62, 111.
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Rockville, MD.
(2) Directorate for the Quality of Medicines of the Council of Europe (EDQM). 2007. The European Pharmacopoeia, Amended Chapters 2.6.12, 2.6.13, 5.1.4, Council of Europe, 67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France.
(3) Japanese Pharmacopoeia. 2007. Society of Japanese Pharmacopoeia. Amended Chapters 35.1, 35.2, 7. The Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare.