Air Sample (culturable)
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Air Sample (culturable)

A culturable air sample identifies the types of organisms present in the air that are alive, capable of growing on the agar used, and capable of competing with the other types of fungi present. Most culturable air samples are collected by impacting a known volume of air onto the surface of a nutrient media. The nutrient media is incubated for a period of time during which the organisms mature and then can be identified and enumerated by the laboratory. Examples of culturable air samples include the BioCassette™ and the Andersen.