Product number: NCM0018

Potato Dextrose Agar is used for the preparation and maintenance of fungal test strains used in the growth promotion test, suitability of the counting methods and negative controls as described in the Harmonized USP/EP/JP. Potato Dextrose Agar is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions in humans.

A medium recommended by the Harmonized USP/EP/JP for the cultivation of fungi and specifically for the preparation of the Aspergillus brasiliensis test strain. Conforms to USP/EP/JP performance specification. The medium is commonly abbreviated to PDA. The extract from potato and dextrose provide a nutritionally rich base that encourages mold sporulation and pigment production.


Formula Liter
Potato Extract 4.0 g/L*
Dextrose 20.0 g/L
Agar 15.0 g/L

*Equivalent to 200 g of Infusion from potatoes
Final pH: 5.6 ± 0.2 at 25°C
Formula may be adjusted and/or supplemented as required to meet performance specifications.


  1. Suspend 39 grams of powder in 1 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: 7149 Potato Dextrose Agar; LabM Product: HP015 Potato Dextrose Agar (USP/EP/JP); and LabM Product: LAB098 Potato Dextrose Agar

Order Details

Product # Product Description
NCM0018A Potato Dextrose Agar, 500 g
NCM0018B Potato Dextrose Agar, 5 kg
NCM0018C Potato Dextrose Agar, 10 kg
NCM0018D Potato Dextrose Agar, 25 kg (European only size)
NCM0018E Potato Dextrose Agar, 50 kg (US only size)

Reference Material

NCM0018 - Potato Dextrose Agar, Safety Data Sheet [Danish] [Dutch] [English] [EU English] [Finnish] [French] [German] [Italian] [Spanish, Mexico] [Swedish]
NCM0018 - Potato Dextrose Agar, Technical Specifications Sheet [English]

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