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Simplify and standardize your food sample handling when preparing dilutions for direct testing or enrichment. Whether you need accurate and rapid sample dilution or quieter homogenizing, DKSH enrichment and preparation solutions are designed to maximize efficiency. 

Enrichment culture is the use of certain growth media to favor the growth of a microorganism over others, enriching a sample for the microorganism of interest. This is generally done by introducing nutrients or environmental conditions that only allow the growth of an organism of interest. Enrichment cultures are used to increase a small number of desired organisms to detectable levels. This allows for the detection and identification of microorganisms with a variety of nutritional needs.

Buffered Pepton water and Fraser broth are the most common diluent used in microbiology. You can prepare it yourself or use a ready-to-use media.


Traditionally, microbiology labs have used steam autoclaves to prepare and sterilize media for culturing microorganisms. Although autoclaves are an excellent means of sterilization, they are not designed to maintain the fertility of carefully formulated culture media.

In comparison, media preparators ensure maximum sterility is achieved while minimizing the damage to the nutrient components. They enable technicians to prepare culture media in an easy, reproducible way that improves the overall quality of the media.

Comparison of traditional method and using media preparators  to prepare media

Disadvantages of using an autoclave to prepare media Advantages of using media preparators to prepare media
• Requires multiple preparation steps including weighing, diluting and pre-heating of dehydrated media
• Risk of personal injury when boiling media on hotplates and handling hot bottles
• Excessive heating can result in pH drift, poor gel strength and degradation of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and peptides
• Extended heating periods can cause sugars in the medium to caramelize, reducing its ability to support microbial growth
• Temperatures reached in different parts of the autoclave can vary, resulting in variations in the appearance and fertility of the media
• Significantly reduces the time needed to run a full cycle
• Allow large volumes of media to be prepared at once
• Ensure good media homogeneity
• No need to weigh and dilute multiple bottles of dehydrated media
• Reduce the manual operations required and minimizing the risk of error and contamination
• Enable full traceability of media preparation

High-quality analysis in the food microbiology lab requires effective food sample preparation. DKSH proposes an innovative range of solutions to automate your sample preparation from enrichment broth to dilution and blending of the food sample. The DKSH sample preparation optimizes your lab organization by saving labor time and space. With accurate and repeatable devices, the quality of your lab is enhanced and standardized.

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