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This product is widely known under the name Sabouraud Dextrose Agar, although it can be referred to as Sabouraud Glucose Agar.
Sabouraud Dextrose Agar (SDA) is used for the isolation, cultivation, and maintenance of species of fungi and yeasts. Its low pH helps with the growth of dermatophytes and helps inhibit some bacterial growth.
Non irradiated plates can also be supplemented with chloramphenicol to help inhibit growth of bacteria
This acidic medium has a simple formulation but with a high content of sugars.
Fresh pH 5.6±0.2
Irradiated contact plates pH 5.2
Irradiated 9cm plates ph 5.0
Historically, the main application for SDA was as a non-selective isolation medium for the growth and maintenance of pathogenic and non-pathogenic fungi from clinical and nonclinical specimens.
It became increasingly popular for environmental monitoring within the pharmaceutical industry for total counting of yeasts and moulds, and is generally used to supplement the use of TSA.
The prepared media is pale straw to straw in colour with a slightly opaque appearance.
Sabouraud Dextrose Agar is primarily used to cultivate and or isolate dermatophytes and other types of fungi. A typical set of control organisms and the phenotypic identification associated with these are listed in the table below.
As SDA is a non-selective medium for yeasts and fungi, it requires lower incubation temperatures for a longer period. In environmental monitoring applications it is common for plates to be incubated at 20-25º for 5 days for mould and fungi.
SDA is a Harmonised Pharmacopoeia medium and as such is mentioned in the BP/EP/JP, as well as the US Pharmacopoeia.
EP Chapter Ref 2.6.12 Microbial examination of non-sterile products: Microbial enumeration tests
Recommended Culture Media
Incubation Time & Temp
Sabouraud Dextrose Agar
20-25ºC for < 5 days
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