Product number: NCM0010

Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods Agar) is used for the enumeration of bacteria in water, wastewater, food, and dairy products in a laboratory setting. Plate Count Agar is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions in humans. This formula conforms to ISO 4833-1&2:2013, ISO 17410:2001, American Public Health Association (APHA), Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) and FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual.

Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods Agar) is free from selective supplements and relatively rich in nutrients, making it ideal for the enumeration of viable organisms, either following a pour plate method, or a surface plate method which can be coupled with a spiral plater. Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods Agar) is also referred to as Tryptone Glucose Yeast Agar. This formula is specified in standard method procedures.


Formula Liter
Enzymatic Digest of Casein 5.0 g/L
Yeast Extract 2.5 g/L
Dextrose (Glucose) 1.0 g/L
Agar 15.0 g/L*

* 9 – 18 g according to gel strength

Final pH: 7.0 ± 0.2 at 25°C
Formula may be adjusted and/or supplemented as required to meet performance specifications.


  1. Suspend 23.5 g of the medium in one liter of purified water.
  2. Heat with frequent agitation and boil for one minute to completely dissolve the medium.
  3. Autoclave at 121°C for 15 minutes.
  4. Cool to 45-50°C.

Product was previously known as Acumedia Product: 7157 Standard Methods Agar; and LabM Products: LAB010 Plate Count Agar A.P.H.A and LAB149 Plate Count Agar

Order Details

Product # Product Description
NCM0010A Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods Agar), 500 g
NCM0010B Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods Agar), 5 kg
NCM0010C Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods Agar), 10 kg
NCM0010D Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods Agar), 25 kg (European only size)
NCM0010E Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods Agar), 50 kg (US only size)

Reference Material

7157 - Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods), Safety Data Sheet [Danish] [Dutch] [English] [EU English] [Finnish] [French] [German] [Italian] [Spanish, Mexico] [Swedish]
NCM0010 - Plate Count Agar (Standard Methods), Technical Specifications Sheet [English]

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