Product Code TM 652
Bacteria differ widely in their ability to metabolize carbohydrates and related compounds. Carbohydrate fermentation reactions aids in the differentiation and identification of various bacteria. Andrade Peptone Water w/Meat Extract is the most commonly used media for carbohydrate fermentation
The Andrade indicator changes colour from yellow to pink as the pH decreases. The medium is pink when hot but becomes straw coloured on cooling. Test carbohydrate solutions should be sterilized separately and aseptically added to sterile Andrade Peptone Water w/Meat Extract. The biochemical identification of organisms capable of growing in this medium is made by various sugar fermentation results. Use fresh cultures of organisms only which have been presumptively identified by Gram staining and colony morphology. For final identification further biochemical tests are required. Desired carbohydrate is added to the medium, which is inoculated with the test organism. If the test organism metabolizes the added carbohydrate, acids are produced, thereby lowering the pH of the medium. This causes a subsequent colour change of the indicator, from colourless to pink to red. If the added carbohydrate is not metabolized, the medium remains pale tan to straw coloured. Gas produced during fermentation is collected in the Durhams tube.