Blood agar

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Blood agar is one of the most commonly used culture media. It is suitable for growing most common human and animal bacteria and allows to distinguish different types of hemolysis of the inoculated bacteria. Blood agar is made by adding 5–10% of blood (usually sheep or horse blood) to a nutrient medium.

β-hemolysis on blood agar as seen with Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae

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  • JULÁK, Jaroslav. Praktická cvičení a semináře z lékařské mikrobiologie. 1. edition. Praha : Karolinum, 2003. ISBN 80-246-0750-6.