Potato dextrose agar (PDA) is a common culture medium used in microbiology laboratories for the cultivation and maintenance of fungi, particularly filamentous fungi and yeasts. It consists of mashed potatoes, dextrose (a type of sugar), and agar, which solidifies the medium to provide a solid surface for fungal growth.
Some fungi perform exceptionally well on PDA medium as opposed to other mediums like MYPA.
Potato dextrose is much lighter in colour than other mediums, making it easier to notice contamination while keeping the vigour.
PDA plates are used for various purposes in microbiology, including:
- Isolation of fungi: PDA plates provide a nutrient-rich environment suitable for the growth of a wide range of fungi. Microbiologists can streak or spread samples onto PDA plates to isolate individual fungal colonies for further study or identification.
- Fungal identification: Fungi exhibit diverse morphological characteristics, such as colony color, texture, and growth pattern, which can be observed and recorded on PDA plates. These characteristics can aid in the identification of fungal species.
- Maintenance of fungal cultures: PDA plates can be used to maintain fungal cultures over time. Fungal strains can be stored on PDA plates at appropriate temperatures for future use or distribution to other laboratories.
- Study of fungal physiology and metabolism: PDA plates can be used to study various aspects of fungal physiology, including growth rate, sporulation, and response to environmental conditions or antifungal agents.
Your order Includes:
- 10 pre-poured, thick-poured PDA plates: Longer moisture retention for healthy mycelium growth.
- 10 Parafilm pre-cut strips: Ensure a secure and sterile seal for your cultures.
- Durable 90mm petri dishes: Clear polystyrene for easy observation, disposable, and anti-slip for stability.
- Long shelf life: Up to 30-45 days for extended cultivation potential.
In an unlikely situation when you receive some plates damaged or contaminated that may sometimes arise due to shipping, we will refund you for those affected plates. Please send us the photos within one week of receiving the package. We are not able to reship the affected plates.