BCYE Agar- Composition, Principle, Preparation, Results, Uses


BCYE agar stands for Buffered Charcoal Yeast Extract agar, which is a selective growth medium used to culture or grow certain types of bacteria, particularly the Gram-negative species Legionella pneumophila. Legionella pneumophila is the causative agent of Legionnaires` disease, a severe form of pneumonia, and Pontiac fever, a milder flu-like illness. Legionella bacteria are found in natural and artificial water sources, such as cooling towers, hot tubs, fountains, and plumbing systems. They can infect humans when they inhale aerosols or droplets containing the bacteria.