International Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology ISSN 2169-3048 Vol. 9 (5), pp. 001-002, May, 2020. © International Scholars Journals

Short Communication

Cassava starch as an alternative to agar-agar in microbiological media

Y.U. Dabai and *S. Muhammad

Department of Biological Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria.

Accepted 13 February, 2020

Abstract

Cassava starch powder produced locally was tested for its ability to serve as a solidifying agent in microbiological nutrient media, using different aqueous percentage concentration in pour plates and slants. 10% concentration produced setting usually associated with solid nutrient media within 30 min. Cassava starch powder can therefore be a potential solidifying agent in microbiological nutrient media as an alternative to agar-agar.

Key words: Cassava, agar-agar, media, microbial growth.