One of the major developments in microbiology was Robert Koch’s use of a solid culture medium on which bacteria would grow. Bacteria must meet certain nutritional requirements in order to grow. A nutritional material prepared for the growth of microorganisms in a laboratory is called a Culture Media, and the microbes that grow and multiply in or on a culture medium are referred to as a Culture. Over the years many types of nutrient media were developed for the cultivation of bacteria. These can be broadly classified as Broth Media, Agar Media & Semisolid Media.
RIDACOM offers the broadest range of culture media formulations, standard media & customer specified media in dehydrated form for use in different fields. This also includes specified media according ISO, APHA, AOAC, CLSI, EUCAST and various pharmacopoeias EP / USP / JP / BP recommended for different applications such as sterility testing, microbial limit tests etc. The quality of HiMedia products is guaranteed by ISO 9001, ISO 13485, GMP, CE mark and FDA registration.
Dehydrated culture media are available in six different formats:
- Powder Culture Media - the most complete range of highest quality Dehydrated culture media (over 2000 different formulations). Suitable for use in packs of 100, 500 or 2500 grams.
- Granulated Media - granulated media has similar qualitative characteristics to that of powdered dehydrated culture media with several added benefits in physical parameters. Increased bulk density has been shown to have improved the packaging, storage and transport.
- HiEncap Media - granulated culture media in capsules. The dehydrated culture medium is enclosed in a gelatin capsule and is premeasured for 250, 500 or 1000 mL. HiEncap are convenient to use, pH adjusted, ready to be autoclaved.
- HiCrome™ Media - the widest range of culture media employing the chromogen technology of visual identification that significantly removes the guesswork out of identification and differentiation, thereby obviating the need for subculturing, thus saving time. The methodology is simple and is designed specifically for each bacteria. Microorganisms are identified through simple enzymatic reactions, characteristic for their species, yielding visually distinct colours.
- HiVeg Culture Media - more than 750 culture media products in which the protein source is 100% vegetable peptones. These culture media have growth characteristics comparable to those of the standard media that use animal peptones.
In order to produce the vegetable peptones HiVeg, mixtures of different vegetable proteins such as corn gluten, pea protein, soy protein (GMO Free), wheat gluten, rice gluten, protein of the cotton seed are used.
- HiCynth™ Culture Media - the 5th generation dehydrated culture media where animal and plant peptones are replaced with chemically defined peptones. This entire revolutionary range of products will help to reduce the variability in the raw material sources and be environment-friendly as they have a lower carbon footprint overall.
Antimicrobial or chemicals are added to culture media to make them selective for the isolation of desired or important microorganisms. The percentage or concentration of these antimicrobial supplements (generally antibiotic mixtures) is based on the published papers of the scientists who have tested many strains of the selected organisms regarding the minimal inhibitory concentrations (MIC) values of those strains. There is every possibility that strains across the world may have different MIC values.
RIDACOM supplies a wide range of media supplements which are presented in packs of vials and contents of each vial are specified under respective supplement.