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Agar

powder, suitable for microbiology

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Synonym(s):
Agar-agar, Gum agar
Linear Formula:
(C12H18O9)n
CAS Number:
EC Number:
MDL number:
eCl@ss:
42040102
NACRES:
NA.74

sterility

non-sterile

Quality Level

form

powder

shelf life

limited shelf life, expiry date on the label

storage condition

(Tightly closed)

ign. residue

≤6%

loss

≤20% loss on drying

pH

5-8 (50 °C, 1.5% in H2O, 100 °C/15 min.)

transition temp

gel point ~35 °C (1.5% solution)

gel strength

>300 g/cm2 (1.5% gel)

solubility

H2O: 1.5% at 70 °C, clear to slightly hazy (100 °C/15 min.)

application(s)

agriculture
microbiology

InChI

1S/C14H24O9/c1-5-8(16)13-11(7(21-5)4-20-13)23-14-10(18)12(19-2)9(17)6(3-15)22-14/h5-18H,3-4H2,1-2H3/t5?,6-,7?,8-,9+,10-,11?,12+,13+,14?/m1/s1

InChI key

GYYDPBCUIJTIBM-DYOGSRDZSA-N

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General description

Agar is widely used in microbiology as a solidifying agent in microbial culture media. It is a polysaccharide derived from seaweed and is primarily composed of agarose. Agar is a mostly inert substance, which makes it an ideal material for microbial culture media because it doesn’t interfere with the growth of microorganisms. Agar can solidify media, allowing microorganisms to grow in a solid environment to promote the formation of distinct colonies and enable selective isolation of specific microorganism. It is also used to prepare selective and differential media, which can provide additional nutrients or other chemical substances to promote or inhibit the growth of specific microorganisms selectively. Agar is sterilized by autoclaving and then poured into Petri dishes to cool and solidify, forming the surface for microbial growth.

Application

Agar is commonly used as a solidifying agent in many microbial culture media for the growth and identification of bacteria, yeasts, and molds from various pharmaceutical, environmental, and food and beverage samples.

Storage Class

11 - Combustible Solids

wgk_germany

WGK 1

flash_point_f

Not applicable

flash_point_c

Not applicable

ppe

Eyeshields, Gloves, type N95 (US)


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Culture media provides a habitat with suitable nutrients, energy sources, and certain environmental conditions for the growth of microorganisms. The components of the culture media range from simple sugars to peptones, salts, antibiotics, and complex indicators.

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