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Agar

high purity, low ionic content, low gel strenght, suitable for microbiology

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Synonym(s):
Agar-agar, Gum agar, Agar-agar, Gum agar
Linear Formula:
(C12H18O9)n
CAS Number:
EC Number:
MDL number:
NACRES:
NA.85

Quality Level

sterility

non-sterile

form

powder

shelf life

limited shelf life, expiry date on the label

ign. residue

≤4.0%

loss

≤10% loss on drying

turbidity

≤8 NTU (after autoclaving)

mp

85-95 °C

transition temp

gel point 34-36 °C

gel strength

≥800 g/cm2

anion traces

sulfate (SO42-): ≤2.75%

cation traces

Ca: ≤500 mg/kg
Mg: ≤200 mg/kg

application(s)

microbiology

InChI

1S/C14H24O9/c1-5-8(16)13-11(7(21-5)4-20-13)23-14-10(18)12(19-2)9(17)6(3-15)22-14/h5-18H,3-4H2,1-2H3/t5?,6-,7?,8-,9+,10-,11?,12+,13+,14?/m1/s1

InChI key

GYYDPBCUIJTIBM-DYOGSRDZSA-N

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sterility

non-sterile

sterility

-

sterility

-

sterility

non-sterile

application(s)

microbiology

application(s)

agriculture
agriculture
microbiology
microbiology

application(s)

agriculture

application(s)

agriculture, microbiology

Quality Level

200

Quality Level

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Quality Level

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Quality Level

200

shelf life

limited shelf life, expiry date on the label

shelf life

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shelf life

-

shelf life

limited shelf life, expiry date on the label

ign. residue

≤4.0%

ign. residue

-

ign. residue

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ign. residue

≤1.5%

General description

Agar is of high purity, low ionic content, and low gel strength widely used in microbiology as a solidifying agent in microbial culture media. It is a polysaccharide derived from seaweed and is primarily composed of agarose. Agar is a mostly inert substance, which makes it an ideal material for microbial culture media because it doesn’t interfere with the growth of microorganisms. Agar can solidify media, allowing microorganisms to grow in a solid environment, which facilitates the formation of distinct colonies and selective isolation of specific microorganisms. Agar is also used in the preparation of selective and differential media, which can provide additional nutrients or other chemical substances to promote or inhibit the growth of specific microorganisms selectively. Agar is sterilized by autoclaving and then poured into Petri dishes, where it can cool and solidify, forming the surface for microbial growth.

Application

Agar is commonly used as a solidifying agent in many microbial culture media for the growth and identification of bacteria, yeasts and molds from various pharmaceutical, environmental, food and beverage samples.

Analysis Note

toxic substances: absence

Storage Class

11 - Combustible Solids

wgk_germany

WGK 1

flash_point_f

Not applicable

flash_point_c

Not applicable


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