Dextrose Tryptone Broth

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Dextrose Tryptone Broth is used for cultivation of mesophilic or thermophilic spoilage microorganisms from food in a laboratory setting. Dextrose Tryptone Broth is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions in humans.

In the 1930’s, the National Canners Association specified use of Dextrose Tryptone Agar for isolating “flat sour” organisms from food products. “Flat sour” spoilage of canned foods is caused by Bacillus coagulans (Bacillus thermoacidurans). Bacterial growth results in a 0.3 – 0.5 drop in pH, while ends of the can remain flat. B. coagulans is a soil microorganism and found in canned tomato products and dairy products. Conditions favorable for multiplication of the bacterium can result in spoilage of the food product.

Dextrose Tryptone Broth is similar to Dextrose Tryptone Agar, except the concentration of Tryptone and Dextrose has been doubled and Agar is removed. The American Public Health Association and Baumgartner and Herson recommended this formulation for the bacteriological examination of low and medium-acid canned foods (pH 4.5 and above).

Analyte Mesophilic or thermophilic spoilage
Brand NEOGEN® Culture Media
Formula Liter
Enzymatic Digest of Casein 20.0 g/L
Dextrose 10.0 g/L
Bromocresol Purple 0.04 g/L
Grams per Litre 30.00
Litres per 500g 17.00
Mass 500 g
Package Dimensions 4.60 IN x 2.90 IN x 8.60 IN
Package Weight 1.35 LB
  1. Dissolve 30 g of the medium in one liter of purified water.
  2. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Autoclave at 121°C for 15 minutes.
Previous Item Number Product was previously known as Acumedia Product: 7338 Dextrose Tryptone Broth