Product Code TM 269
The heterotrophic plate count (HPC), formerly known as the standard plate count is a procedure for estimating the number of live heterotrophic bacteria in water and measuring changes during water treatment, in distribution systems or in swimming pools. R-2A Agar is recommended by APHA for estimating the heterotrophic plate count by the pour plate, spread plate or membrane filter procedure. R-2A Agar is formulated as per Reasoner and Geldreich. Stressed or injured organisms during water treatment are unable to grow on high nutrient media, since the faster growing organisms outgrow the former. Therefore, the use of a low nutrient medium like R-2A Agar incubated for longer incubation periods allows these stressed organisms to grow well. Many bacteria from natural waters which contain limited nutrients at ambient temperature, grow best on the media with less nutrient levels. They grow better at the temperatures below the routine laboratory incubation temperatures of 35 to 37?C.
for heterotrophic plate count of treated potable water using longer incubation time
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