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BRILLIANT GREEN BILE BROTH 2% (with Durham tube)

 [AG-4213-10 tubes x 10 ml]
 29.28 - 37.42 


BRILLIANT GREEN BILE BROTH 2% (with Durham tube)

For the detection of coliforms in water and foods

10 tubes x 10 ml each


Ox bile 20.00 Lactose 10.00
Gelatin Peptone 10.00 Brilliant Green 0.0133
Final pH 7.2 ± 0.2 at 25ºC


Suspend 40 grams of the medium in one liter of distilled water. Mix well and dissolve by heating with frequent agitation. Boil for one minute until complete dissolution. Dispense into tubes with Durham gas collecting tubes for gas detection and sterilize in autoclave at 121°C for 15 minutes. AVOID OVERHEATING. The prepared medium should be stored at 2-8°C. The color is brilliant green. - When the sample has 1 ml or less volume, dispense medium in volumes of 10 ml. - To analyze samples of 10 ml, dissolve 80 grams of the medium in a liter of distilled water. Distribute in the same manner. The dehydrated medium should be homogeneous, free-flowing and beige-greenish in color. If there are any physical changes, discard the medium.


BRILLIANT GREEN BILE BROTH 2% is a selective medium recommended by APHA for the cultivation of coliforms in drinking water, wastewater, foods and dairy products, and other products of sanitary concern. It is used as a confirmation test in procedures where presumptive tests for presence of coliforms are positive. The production of gas both at 37°C and 44.5°C confirms the presence of coliforms. The Gelatin peptone provides nitrogen, vitamins, minerals and amino acids essential for growth. Lactose is the fermentable carbohydrate providing carbon and energy. Ox bile and Brilliant green inhibit Gram-positive bacteria and most Gram-negative bacteria except coliforms. They also prevent the growth of the anaerobic lactose-fermenters such as Clostridium perfringens, which could give false positive reactions at 44.5°C. Inoculate the medium and incubate at 37°C and 44.5°C for 24 - 48 hours.

For milk analysis incubation at 32°C is recommended. The presence of gas is considered a positive test for the coli-enterobacter group. This medium is recommended by ISO 4831 and ISO 4832 normatives for the confirmation of coliforms. From an incubated tube of Lauryl Sulfate Broth – Lauryl Tryptose Broth (Cat.1310) inoculate a tube of confirmation medium (Brilliant green bile broth 2 %). Incubate at 30 °C or 37 °C for 24 h ± 2 h or, if gas formation is not carried out, after 48 h ± 2 h).

A tube in which gas formation is observed after 24 h ± 2 h or 48 h ± 2 h is considered as a positive tube. Uninoculated Tube Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 Enterobacter aerogenes To indicate the presence of Escherichia coli, incubate Brilliant Green Bile Broth 2% at 44 ± 1°C for 48 hours. Turbidity in the broth and gas production in the inverted tube are positive signs. An indole production test at 44.5°C is also carried out in Peptone-Tryptone Water (Cat.1403) to confirm Escherichia coli.



The following results were obtained in the performance of the medium from type cultures after incubation at a temperature of 37°C and 44.5°C and observed after 24 - 48 hours. 

Microorganisms Growth Gas Productionn 37ºC Gas Productionn 44.5ºC  
*Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 Good + +
Enterobacter aerogenes ATCC 13048 Good + -
Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923 Inhibited - -
Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 19433 Inhibited - -

*According ISO incubate at 30-37°C for 24 ± 2 hours and 48 ± 2 hours


BIBLIOGRAPHY Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage, 9th. Edition 195. 1946. Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products, 9th. Edition 152. 1948.

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