Cat. no. G126 m-FC Agar with 1% Rosolic Acid, 15x60mm Plate, 12ml 10 plates/bag
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Hardy Diagnostics m-FC Agar with 1% Rosolic Acid is recommended for the detection of fecal coliforms in water samples by membrane filtration and elevated temperature.

This product is not intended to be used for the diagnosis of human disease.


Geldreich et al. formulated a medium to enumerate fecal coliforms (m-FC) using the membrane filter (MF) technique without prior enrichment. (1) Fecal coliforms, which are found in the gastrointestinal tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals, are differentiated from coliforms from environmental sources by their ability to grow at elevated temperatures: 44.5 +/- 0.5ºC. (2)

The m-FC method for detection of fecal coliforms can be used for monitoring all types of water. However, because many coliforms may also come naturally from environmental sources, it is recommended that Escherichia coli be the required indicator for freshwater testing and E. coli or enterococci be the required indicators for marine water testing, since these microorganisms are known fecal contaminants. (5)

Hardy Diagnostics m-FC Agar with 1% Rosolic Acid contains peptones as a source of carbon, nitrogen, vitamins and minerals. Yeast extract supplies B-complex vitamins that help stimulate bacterial growth. Lactose is a carbohydrate that can be fermented by fecal coliforms at elevated temperatures. Bile salts no. 3 inhibit the growth of undesirable microorganisms. Agar is added as the solidifying agent. Finally, aniline blue and rosolic acid are utilized to differentiate fecal from non-fecal coliforms.


Ingredients per liter of deionized water:*

Lactose 12.5gm
Tryptose 10.0gm
Proteose Peptone No. 3 5.0gm
Sodium Chloride 5.0gm
Yeast Extract 3.0gm
Bile Salts No. 3 1.5gm
Aniline Blue 0.1gm
Rosolic Acid 0.1gm
Agar 15.0gm

Final pH 7.4 +/- 0.2 at 25ºC.

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


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



Sample Collection: Consult listed references for information on sample collection. (6-10)

Method of Use:

1. Filter duplicate specimens through separate membrane filters.

2. Roll membrane filter used to collect the water sample onto the agar surface. Avoid the formation of air bubbles between the filter and agar surface.

3. Place plates into separate waterproof plastic bags and seal bags so as to prevent leakage.

4. Incubate plates, by immersion, in two separate water baths: one set at 35 +/- 2ºC. and one set at 44.5 +/- 0.5ºC.

5. Anchor plates below water surface to maintain critical temperature requirements and incubate for 24 +/- 2 hours. Place all inoculated plates in water bath within 30 minutes after filtration for best results. As an alternative, an appropriate and accurate solid heat sink or equivalent incubator may be used.


Colonies produced by fecal coliforms will appear as varying shades of blue-colored colonies on the membrane filter. Coliforms from other sources should be inhibited; however, if present they may appear as gray to cream-colored colonies.

Calculate fecal coliform densities as directed by listed references. (2,4-6,9)


Even with the selective action of the elevated incubation temperature and addition of rosolic acid, a few non-fecal coliforms may be observed. To eliminate the potential for Klebsiella contamination, it may be helpful to elevate the incubation temperature to 45 +/- 0.2ºC. (2) In addition, it is recommended that biochemical and/or serological tests be performed on colonies from pure culture for complete and accurate identification.


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


Test Organisms Inoculation Method* Incubation Results
Time Temperature Atmosphere
Escherichia coli
ATCC ® 25922
MF 24hr 44.5°C Aerobic Growth; blue colonies
Enterobacter aerogenes
ATCC ® 13048
MF 24hr 44.5°C Aerobic Slight to no growth


Physical Appearance

Hardy Diagnostics m-FC Agar with 1% Rosolic Acid should appear clear to slightly hazy and purple-red to purple-blue in color.


1. Geldreich E.E., H.F. Clark, C.B. Huff, and L.C. Best. 1965. Fecal coliform organism medium for the membrane filter technique. J. Am. Water Works Assoc. ; 57:208-214.

2. Clesceri, L.S., A.E. Greenberg and A.D. Eaton (ed.). 1998. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater , 20th ed. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

3. Horwitz, W. 2000. Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC International , 17th ed. AOAC International. Gaithersburg, MD.

4. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1992. Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water . EPA-814B-92-002. Office of Ground Water and Technical Support Division, USEPA, Cincinnati, OH.

5. Bordner, R.H., J.A. Winter and P.V. Scarpino. 1978. Microbiological Methods for Monitoring the Environment: Water and Wastes . Publication EPA-600/8-78-017. Environmental Monitoring and Support Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH.

6. Anderson, N.L., et al. Cumitech 3B; Quality Systems in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Coordinating ed., A.S. Weissfeld. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.

7. Jorgensen., et al. Manual of Clinical Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.

8. Tille, P., et al. Bailey and Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, C.V. Mosby Company, St. Louis, MO.

9. American Public Health Association. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, APHA, Washington, D.C.

10. Association of Official Analytical Chemists. Official Methods of Analysis sm , AOAC, Washington, D.C.

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