Tryptic soy agar or Tryptone soya agar (TSA) is a general purpose culture medium for growth and isolation of a wide range of bacteria species. It is used in a variety of bacteria testing procedures for example:
- microbial limit testing
- bacteria analysis in water, food, pharmaeutical, and environmental samples.
Unmodified Tryptic Soy Agar is used for cultivation of many less fastidious bacteria, e.g., Enterobacteriaceae, nonfermenting Gram negative rods (Pseudomonas and many others), enterococci, staphylococci, sporeforming bacteria (Bacillus and related genera), and other organisms with similar
Tryptic Soy Agar is not suitable for the isolation and cultivation of very fastidious bacteria, such as Neisseria or Haemophilus species, or other organisms with special nutritional requirements.
TiP:Tryptic Soy Agar is not recommended for the isolation of fastidious strict anaerobes.