Product number: 7147

Phenylethanol Agar is used with blood for the selective isolation of Gram-positive cocci in a laboratory setting. Phenylethanol Agar is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions in humans.

Brewer and Lilley reported the addition of phenylethanol to a nutritive medium permitted growth of Gram-positive organisms, but markedly to completely inhibited growth of Gram-negative organisms. Phenylethanol Agar inhibits swarming of Proteus spp., and can be used to selectively isolate anaerobic bacteria from specimens with mixed flora. Phenylethanol Agar is specified for use in several reference methods.


Formula Liter
Enzymatic Digest of Casein 15 g
Enzymatic Digest of Soybean Meal 5 g
Sodium Chloride 5 g
Phenylethanol 2.5 g
Agar 15 g

Final pH: 7.3 ± 0.2 at 25°C
Formula may be adjusted and/or supplemented as required to meet performance specifications.


  1. Suspend 42.5 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. Prepare 5 – 10% blood agar by aseptically adding the appropriate volume of sterile defibrinated blood to melted sterile agar medium, cooled to 45 – 50°C.

Order Details

Product # Product Description
7147A Phenylethanol Agar, 500 g
7147T Phenylethanol Agar, 5 kg
7147C Phenylethanol Agar, 10 kg

Reference Material

NCM0153 - Phenylethanol Agar, Safety Data Sheet [Danish] [Dutch] [English] [EU English] [Finnish] [French] [German] [Hungarian] [Italian] [Spanish, Mexico] [Swedish]
7147 - Phenylethanol Agar, Product Information Sheet [English]

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