Legionella is a Gram negative rod shaped bacterium and readily found in aquatic environment, some species have been recovered from soil. The organism can survive a wide range of conditions, like temperatures of 0 to 63°C and pH of 5.0 to 8.5. It requires the presence of cysteine to grow and therefore does not grow on common blood agar media.

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74303 Nonselective media for Legionella
Legionella Agar Base for microbiology BCYE Agar without L-cysteine, Base