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Natamycin as a Fungicide in Agar Media

By Jens Christian Pedersen


Fungal inhibition in four commonly used agar media was improved by substituting natamycin (pimaricin) for cycloheximide. The recovery of bacteria was not affected by natamycin, whereas fungal contamination from a variety of samples was significantly suppressed. Furthermore, natamycin lacks the occupational health hazards of cycloheximide. Medium-dependent natamycin degradation occurred during the preparation and refrigerated storage of agar plates, but the addition of natamycin at 21.6 μg/ml resulted in effective residual activity

Topics: Methods
Year: 1992
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