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Indian J Med Microbiol. 2005 Jul;23(3):159-63.

Quality control of culture media in a microbiology laboratory.

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R&D Department, Microbiology Division, Span Diagnostics Ltd., Udhna, Surat - 394 210, Gujarat, India.


The nature of reporting of a microbiology laboratory depends upon the quality of the culture media used. Quality of media directly affects the observations and inferences drawn from the cultural characteristics of microorganisms. Checking of different parameters of media such as growth supporting characteristics, physical characteristics, gel strength and batch contamination can help to assess their quality. There are different methods to check all these parameters systematically. The meticulous performance of quality control of culture media can assure precision in reporting.

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