Ground red hot pepper agar in the isolation and presumptive identification of Cryptococcus neoformans
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The study compared ground red hot pepper agar (GRHP) and Guzzotia abyssinica creatinine agar (GACA), a medium routinely used for isolation of Cryptococcus neoformans. In order to confirm the capacity of GRHP to support the Cr. neoformans growth and pigment production, 15 strains were inoculated onto GRHP and GACA. No significant differences in the growth and pigmentation of the tested strains on the two media were noted. As heavily contaminated specimens, 50 samples of pigeon droppings were examined by plating on GRHP and GACA, which resulted in the isolation of 14 and nine Cr. neoformans strains, respectively. The results indicate that GRHP, as a result of its superior selectivity and significant reduction of contaminant growth, provides better conditions than GACA for isolation and presumptive identification of Cr. neoformans from heavily contaminated specimens.
Keywords:Cryptococcus neoformans / isolation / identification / selective isolation medium / Guizotia abyssinica creatinine agar / ground hot pepper agar
Source:Mycoses, 2002, 45, 9-10, 384-388
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