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Pour Plating

Pour plating is used to culture microorganisms within an agar medium, allowing for the enumeration and isolation of colonies. This method involves mixing a liquid sample with molten agar and then pouring the mixture into a petri dish to solidify. The primary purpose of pour plating is to count the number of colony-forming units (CFUs) in a sample, providing a quantitative measure of microbial concentration.

Applications of Pour Plating


Pour Plating Procedure


Key Considerations


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Advantages of Pour Plating

Pour plating uniquely combines quantitative enumeration with the ability to isolate discrete colonies, making it versatile for various microbiological analyses.


Disadvantages of Pour Plating

While versatile, pour plating’s efficacy is tempered by its labor-intensive nature and the need for careful temperature management to avoid harming samples.