Cat. no. G123 Granada Medium, 15x100mm Plate, 19ml 10 plates/bag


Hardy Diagnostics Granada Medium is used for the primary isolation and screening of beta-hemolytic group B streptococci ( Streptococcus agalactiae ) from clinical specimens.


Approximately 10-35% of women are asymptomatic carriers of group B streptococci (GBS) in the genital and gastrointestinal tracts. (1) GBS remains a leading cause of serious illness and death in newborn populations, and therefore, the detection of GBS in the vaginal-anorectal area is critical to the prevention of neonatal GBS disease. Several surveys have been conducted that show the incidence of neonatal sepsis and meningitis due to GBS is currently 0.5-3 cases per 1,000 live births, although there are substantial geographical and racial differences. (2) The case-fatality ratios are now declining due to prompt recognition and proper treatment. (3)

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends the screening of all pregnant women for vaginal and rectal GBS colonization between 35 and 37 weeks of gestation using an enrichment broth followed by subculture to a Blood Agar plate (Cat. no. A10) or other appropriate media. (4) Although widely utilized and considered the gold-standard method, alternative methods have emerged with the goal of improving sensitivity and specificity while reducing the incubation time and need for additional plated media. (5,7,9-10) More recently, chromogenic agars that undergo color change in the presence of beta-hemolytic colonies of GBS have become available. As with pigmented enrichment broths, these chromogenic agars can facilitate detection of beta-hemolytic GBS, but the majority will not detect non-hemolytic strains. These non-hemolytic strains can be further tested using Hardy Diagnostics GBS Detect™ Agar plate (Cat. No. A300)

Production of an orange carotenoid pigment on Granada medium is unique to the beta-hemolytic group B streptococci isolated from humans. (5) The use of Granada Medium as a primary isolation medium, can enable the detection of those organisms that possess the ability to produce pigment. Confirmation of colonies can be achieved by using latex agglutination test methods. (6,7) There is no significant difference in the recovery of group B streptococci when compared to Selective Columbia Blood Agar, or procedures using LIM or Todd-Hewitt Broth, however, the pigmented colonies can be immediately recognized. (5,7,9) These features make Granada Medium a highly sensitive, accurate, and faster method of detecting beta-hemolytic group B streptococci.

Granada Medium contains peptones, starch, and horse serum which provide nutrients necessary for growth of bacteria. The medium contains MOPS and sodium phosphate as buffers. Methotrexate enhances the pigment production of group B streptococci. Dextrose and sodium pyruvate prevent the formation of inhibitory compounds in the media. The selective agents present in the media are metronidazole (to inhibit gram-negative anaerobes), colistin sulfate (gram-negatives), and crystal violet (gram-positives). Agar is used as the solidifying agent.


Ingredients per liter of deionized water:*

Peptone 25.0gm
Soluble Starch 20.0gm
Morpholinepropanesulfonic acid (MOPS) 11.0gm
Disodium Phosphate 8.5gm
Dextrose 2.5gm
Sodium Pyruvate 1.0gm
Metronidazole 1.0gm
Magnesium Sulfate 20.0mg
Methotrexate 6.0mg
Colistin Sulfate 5.0mg
Crystal Violet 0.2mg
Horse Serum 50.0ml
Agar 11.0gm

Final pH 7.45 +/- 0.1 at 25ºC.

* Adjusted and/or supplemented as required to meet performance criteria.


Storage: Upon receipt store media at 2-8ºC. away from direct light. Media should not be used if there are any signs deterioration, discoloration, contamination, or if the expiration date has passed. Product is extremely light and temperature sensitive; protect from light, excessive heat, moisture, and freezing.

Always store media in a refrigerated atmosphere. Do not use media after the expiration date, sensitivity is not optimal after expiration date or if inadequately stored.



1. Collect vaginal or rectal or other suspect specimen following the appropriate guidelines for swab sample collection.

2. Submit to laboratory in Amies, Stuart's or other appropriate transport media without delay. If the specimen is to be delayed more that 24 hours, it must be refrigerated a 2-6ºC. (12)

3. Streak a plate of Granada Medium with the swab used to collect the sample.

Note: Follow the anaerobic incubation instructions (4a) or the aerobic incubation instructions (4b). Both methods yield similar results with regard to sensitivity and recovery of group B streptococci.

4a. Incubate the inoculated Granada Medium plate in an anaerobic atmosphere for at least 18 hours at 35ºC.


4b. Flame-sterilize and cool a glass cover slide and place it over the inoculum on the Granada Medium plate. Incubate aerobically for at least 18 hours at 35ºC.

5. Examine plates for orange or red pigmented colonies typical of group B streptococci.

6. Negative colonies (not orange) can be further tested on GBS Detect™ Agar plates (Cat. No. A300) to determine if they are non-hemolytic strains of S. agalactiae ATCC ® 13813.

Consult appropriate references for more information regarding specimen collection and handling. (1-4,6,7)


On Granada Medium, colonies of beta-hemolytic group B streptococci appear red to orange in color. The pigment makes the colonies readily distinguishable from other organisms that may be growing on the plate. Any degree of orange development would be considered a positive result.


Granada Medium was found to be 89% to 91% sensitive, which was of comparable sensitivity to Selective Columbia Blood Agar. (7) Non-hemolytic group B streptococci are infrequently (approximately 4%) found in clinical specimens. These strains do not produce the orange pigment and should be identified by other techniques (e.g. antigen detection by latex agglutination (Cat. No. PL032HD), camp test, or GBS Detect Agar (Cat. No. A300)). For this reason, do not use the non-hemolytic strain, S. agalactiae ATCC ® 13813, for quality control purposes because it will not produce the characteristic orange pigment.

For pigment development, Granada Medium must be incubated anaerobically or aerobically with a cover slide covering a portion of the inoculum. Plates incubated aerobically may yield false-negative results.

Repeat quality control testing is recommended if there is any question about the performance of the media or the duration of the shelf life.

Granada Medium is not completely selective for S. agalactiae . Other bacteria can grow, mainly from rectal specimens (e.g. enterococci), but do not produce orange or red colonies after 18-48 hours.

Granada Medium plates are very heat labile and must remain refrigerated and kept away from light. Warm only those plates that will be used the same day.


Standard microbiological supplies and equipment such as loops, other culture media, swabs, applicator sticks, incinerators, and incubators, etc., as well as serological and biochemical reagents, are not provided.


Test Organisms Inoculation Method* Incubation Results
Time Temperature Atmosphere
Streptococcus agalactiae***
ATCC ® 12386
A 18-24hr 35°C ** Growth; orange to red pigmented colonies
Streptococcus pyogenes
ATCC ® 19615
A 18-24hr 35°C ** Growth; white to off-white colonies
Escherichia coli
ATCC ® 25922
B 18-24hr 35°C ** Inhibited; no orange to red pigment
Bacteroides fragilis
ATCC ® 25285
B 18-24hr 35°C ** Inhibited; no orange to red pigment

** See "Procedure" section for information regarding incubation/atmosphere conditions.

*** Do not use Streptococcus agalactiae ATCC ® 13813 for quality control purposes. This organism is non-hemolytic and will not produce the characteristic orange pigment.

User Quality Control


Granada Medium should appear slightly opalescent to opalescent, with a flocculent precipitate, and light tan in color.

S. agalactiae growing on Granada Medium

Streptococcus agalactiae (ATCC ® 12386) colonies growing on Granada Medium (Cat. no. G123). Incubated anaerobically for 24 hours at 35ºC.

S. pyogenes inhibited on Granada Medium

Streptococcus pyogenes (ATCC ® 19615) growth inhibited on Granada Medium (Cat. no. G123). Incubated anaerobically for 24 hours at 35ºC.


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