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Anaerobic Culture Jar

McIntosh and Filde’s anaerobic jar is a device utilized in the yield of anaerobic conditions. At Kumar Instruments, this method of anaerobiosis as others is utilized to culture bacteria that fail or die to grow in the presence of oxygen (anaerobes).


The jar, about 20″×12.5″ is constructing up of metal. Its chunks are as follows:

1.           As per Scientific Instruments, the body build-up of metal (airtight)

2.           The lid, also metal can be fixed up in an airtight fashion

3.           A screw holds the lid in place and going through a curved metal strip to secure.

4.           A thermometer to measure the internal temperature

5.           A pressure gauge to measure the internal pressure (or a side tube is fixed up to a manometer)

6.           Another side tube for removal and introduction of gases (to a vacuum pump or gas cylinder)

7.           A wire cage swinging from the lid to hold a catalyst that makes oxygen react to hydrogen without the requirement of any ignition source

Method of use

1.           The culture: The culture media are put down inside the jar, pile up one on the other.

2.           Indicator system:  As bacteria require oxygen to mature (aerobic). A growth-free culture plate at the completion of the method signifies successful anaerobiosis. However, P. aeruginosa possesses a large range of microorganisms denitrify pathway. If nitrate is available in the media, P. aeruginosa may still expand under an anaerobic environment.

•            6/7ths of the air inside is pushed out and replaced with either a 10%CO2+90%H2 mixture or unmixed Hydrogen. The catalyst acts and the oxygen is utilized up in creating water with the hydrogen. The manometer records this as a drop in the internal pressure of the jar.

•            Hydrogen is pushed in to fill up the jar so that the force inside equals atmospheric pressure. At desired temperature settings, the jar is now fertilized.

How do anaerobic jars work?

It works on the principle of replacement and evacuation, where the air inside the chamber is replaced and evacuated with a mixture of gases (consist of 85%N2, 5%CO2, and 10%H2). It is realistically not possible to remove all the air so some quantity of oxygen will still be left behind.

Why do we want anaerobic jars?

Anaerobic Jar Systems

Improve the consistency and quality of your bacterial cultivation, Streamline workflows, and save money. Automatically and easily develop, repeatable environments to keep microbiology and clinical labs productive.

What is anaerobic culture mean?

These bacteria are defined as anaerobic as they don’t want oxygen to mature. An anaerobic culture denotes the test is completed without letting oxygen get to the sample. Infections brought on by anaerobic bacteria do happen almost anywhere in your body.

How do anaerobic bacteria grow?

Anaerobes expand only close to the bottom of the tube, where oxygen cannot pierce. An anaerobic jar is a hefty-walled jar with a gas compact construction within which containers, tubes, and plates to be maturing are set down along with H2 and CO2 generating system (GasPak system).

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