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BiGGY Agar

suitable for microbiology, NutriSelect Plus

Synonym: Bismuth Glycine Glucose Yeast Agar, Candida Selective Agar acc. to Nickerson, Nickerson Agar

  •  NACRES NA.85



Related Categories A - M, All Solid Media/Agars, Candida, Clinical Media, Media by Application,
Quality Level   100
form   powder
shelf life   limited shelf life, expiry date on the label
composition   agar, 16.0 g/L
  bismuth ammonium citrate, 5.0 g/L
  dextrose, 10.0 g/L
  glycine, 10.0 g/L
  sodium sulfite, 3.0 g/L
  yeast extract, 1.0 g/L
mfr. no.   NutriSelect Plus
application(s)   microbiological culture: suitable
  microbiology: suitable (microbial identification)
  microbiology: suitable
  pathogen testing: suitable
final pH   6.8±0.2 (25 °C)
Featured Industry   Agriculture
Cleaning Products
Clinical Testing
Food and Beverages
Personal Care
storage temp.   room temp
suitability   selective and differential for Candida spp.


General description

BiGGY Agar (Nickerson Agar) is used for detection, selective isolation, differentiation and presumptive identification of Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis. This agar is a selective medium used for isolation and presumptive identification of Candida species by their ability to reduce sulphite to sulphide giving a brown to black colour.

Preparation Note

Suspend 45 g in 1 litre distilled water. Boil gently to dissolve the medium completely. DO NOT AUTOCLAVE. Overheating will destroy the selective properties. Disperse the flocculant precipitate formed by swirling prior to dispensing into plates.

Legal Information

NutriSelect is a trademark of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

Personal Protective Equipment 
NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Flash Point(F) 
Not applicable
Flash Point(C) 
Not applicable


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