Part of Thermo Fisher Scientific
02 August 2004
ANAEROBIC STORAGE OF WATER TESTING PLATES FOR THE ENUMERATION OF CLOSTRIDIUM SPP.
In the new methods for the isolation and enumeration of sulphite-reducing clostridia by membrane filtration it is recommended that prepared Tryptose Sulphite Cycloserine (TSC) agar plates (such as Oxoid Ltd, CM0587 and SR0088E or PO0520A) are stored in a refrigerator (2-8°C) under anaerobic conditions for up to one week prior to use1.
The recommendations state that the performance of TSC medium deteriorates during storage due to exposure to oxygen. Therefore, anaerobic and refrigerated storage is important to maintain the quality and reliability of results.
Oxoid AnaeroGen - for the rapid, convenient and safe generation of anaerobic conditions - is ideal for both the storage and incubation of TSC agar plates. On exposure to air, the AnaeroGen sachet begins to work instantly and, when placed inside the anaerobic jar, produces anaerobiosis swiftly and efficiently (with the recommended 9-13% CO2 1), without the need for a catalyst or activating solution and without the evolution of hydrogen.
The plates are simply placed inside an anaerobic jar, such as Oxoid AnaeroJar, with the AnaeroGen sachet and an anaerobic indicator to confirm the absence of oxygen. The lightweight design of Oxoid AnaeroJar makes it ideal for refrigerator storage and movement around the laboratory.
Once the plates have been inoculated it is recommended that they are incubated under anaerobic conditions for up to 24 hours. Oxoid AnaeroGen and AnaeroJar are designed for such anaerobic incubation, providing the ideal environment for the growth of anaerobes such as Clostridium spp.
For further information about Oxoid AnaeroGen, Oxoid AnaeroJar and Oxoid media for the identification and enumeration of sulphite-reducing clostridia and Clostridium perfringens, telephone: +44 1256 841144, fax: +44 1256 329728 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.