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BAM Media M117: Oxidative-Fermentative (OF) Test Medium

January 2001

Bacteriological Analytical Manual

Oxidative-Fermentative (OF) Test Medium



Peptone2 g
NaCl5 g
K2HPO40.3 g
Bromthymol blue0.03 g
Agar2.5 g
Distilled water1 liter


Heat with agitation to dissolve agar. Dispense 3 ml portions into 13 x 100 mm tubes. Autoclave 15 min at 121°C. Cool to 50°C; pH, 7.1.


Carbohydrate stock solution

Dissolve 10 g carbohydrate in 90 ml distilled water. Sterilize by filtration through 0.22 µm membrane. Add 0.3 ml stock solution to 2.7 ml base in tube. Mix gently and cool at room temperature.

Inoculate tubes in duplicate. Layer one tube with sterile mineral oil. Incubate 48 h at 35°C.

For use with halophilic Vibrio spp., add NaCl to a final concentration of 2-3%.


Original Source: Bacteriological Analytical Manual, 8th Edition, Revision A, 1998.