Hektoen Enteric (HE) Agar

Use: Hektoen Enteric Agar is a differential agar medium used for the isolation and identification of pathogenic Enterobacteriaceae from clinical specimens.

Description: The medium was developed for the isolation of Shigella sp. However, Salmonella sp. may also be isolated and identified using this medium. Bile salts are used to inhibit the growth of Gram positive bacteria. The inhibitory action of this medium has been tempered by increasing the concentration of peptones and carbohydrates and thus allowing better recovery and growth of Salmonella and Shigella sp. Bromthymol blue and acid fuchsin are used as acid-base indicators in this medium. Enteric bacteria which utilize lactose, sucrose and salicin with acid production give yellow-orange to salmon colored colonies. Salmonella and Shigella colonies are green to bluish green in color. Hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria, such as Salmonella, will produce black centered colonies in the presence of ferric ammonium citrate and sodium thiosulfate.

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Product #: CD138E
Description: 500g Bottle Hektoen Enteric (HE) Agar
Price: $156.00

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Product #: CM138-P25
Description: 25ml in 100x15mm Standard Plate, Pack of 10*
Price: $18.00
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