Why did you make the switch? I've only ever used TSA with 5% sheep
blood for primary media, although I remember reading somewhere that
horse blood is the standard in Australia (why I don't know, as they have
LOTS of sheep in Australia - maybe someone from Au can answer
that....). I would suspect that the Columbia base also enables them to
grow somewhat larger than they do on sheep blood plates.
Thanks for the information. I had no idea they would look differently.
Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)
John Gentile wrote:
> Actually we see quite a few of them since we use Columbia with 5% Horse
> Blood Agar as our primary blood plate. Many Enterococcus feacalis are Gamma
> or Alpha hemolytic on Sheep Blood, but show a nice Beta hemolysis on Horse.
> Horse is also good for growing Haemophilus without additional growth