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Name: Lisa
Status: Other
Grade:  Other
Location: LA
Country: United States
Date: July 2005

Why use 44.5 degrees celsius to maintain agar in its liquid state.

Anything lower will cause agar to solidfy, and at higher temps most bacteria are killed.


Below 44.5 deg C, the agar starts to solidify and will not pour into a Petri plate and form a smooth (flat) surface.

Ron Baker, Ph.D.

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