Bacillus subtilis info

Richard Oeffner roeffner at csusm.edu
Tue Jan 23 13:55:05 EST 2001

"Handbook of Microbiological Media, 2nd" by R.M. Atlas has at least 10 
different types of  media which support growth of  B. subtilis...as well 
as generic media for Bacillus spp. It should be readily available in any 
college library.

An example is Bacillus Medium:

Composition per Liter:

Agar 25g; Peptone 6.0 g; Pancreatic digest of casein 3.0 g; Yeast 
Extract 3.0 g; Beef Extract 1.5 g; MnSO4 4H20 1.0 µg.  pH 7.0 ± 0.2 @ 25 
C. Add  components to DI water, bring volume to 1 L. Autocalve. 

There are many other recipes, in general they are nutrient agar/broth 
with the addition of MnSO4 for sporulation. 

Richard Oeffner
Cal State San Marcos

Graham McVicker wrote:

> I'm looking for a publication which contains some basic information on
> Bacillus subtilis.  Specifcally the nutrients necessary for colony
> growth, and composition of a suitable agar/culture medium.  Most of
> the publications I have found are far to specific and technical for my
> needs.
> I am also wondering if anybody knows if Bacillus subtilis is a
> chemoheterotroph?
> Thx

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