Chromogenic Coliforms Agar (CCA) ISO 500g Conda 2080

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Practical information
Aplications: Selective enumeration

Categories: Coliforms, Escherichia coli

Industry: Water

Regulations: ISO 11133 / ISO 9308

SKU: BMICC-SEP010 Category:


Principles and uses
Chromogenic Coliforms Agar (CCA) is a selective medium for the detection of E. coli and other coliforms in waters and foods. The recovery and enumeration of Escherichia coli and coliforms are important indicators of environmental and food hygiene. CCA is especially recommended for waters with low bacterial numbers, whether it is drinking water, disinfected pool water, or finished water from drinking water treatment plants.

The interaction of ingredients in the medium, such as peptone, sorbitol and pyruvate, grants a quick colony growth, including infectious coliforms and also permits the recovery of sublethal thermally injured coliforms. Tergitol-7 inhibits Gram-positive bacteria and some Gram-negative without affecting the coliform bacteria. Sodium chloride maintains the osmotic balance and phosphate salts act as a buffer system. Bacteriological agar is the solidifying agent.

Detection of ß-glucuronidase is widely used to differentiate Escherichia coli, as the enzyme is present in E. coli but not in other member of coliform group. The chromogenic mixture contains chromogenic substrates: Salmon-GAL and X-glucuronide. Coliform enzymes produced, ß-D-galactosidase and ß-D-glucuronidase, cleave these substrates resulting in the different coloration of bacteria colonies. The ß-D-galactosidase cleaves Salmon-GAL substrate, and gives a salmon-red color to the coliform colonies. The ß-D-glucuronidase, enzyme characteristic of E. coli, cleaves X-glucuronide, giving a blue color to these colonies. E. coli has the two enzymes and cleaves both chromogenic substances giving dark blue to violet colonies. Total coliforms are the sum of E. coli colonies plus salmon-red colonies. The addition of tryptophan to the medium allows the performance of the Indole test for further E. coli confirmation.

Formula in g/L
Enzymatic digest of casein 1
Bacteriological agar 10
IPTG 0,1
Salmon-beta-D-Galactoside 0,2
Sodium chloride 5
Sodium pyruvate 1
Sorbitol 1
Tergitol® 15-S-7 surfactant 0,15
Tryptophan 1 X-beta-G-glucuronide CHX salt 0,1
Yeast extract 2
Sodium dihydrogen phosphate x 2H2O 2,2
Di-sodium hydrogen phosphate 2,7

Typical formula g/L * Adjusted and/or supplemented as required to meet performance criteria.

Additional information

Weight 0,25 kg
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 1 cm
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