Improved diagnostic medium for separation of Cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans (serotypes A and D) and Cryptococcus neoformans var. gattii (serotypes B and C).J Clin Microbiol. 1982 Mar; 15(3):535-7.JC
A simple new agar medium containing L-canavanine, glycine, and bromthymol blue was found to give a clearer and more accurate distinction between serotype A or D (Cryptococcus neoformans var. neoformans) and serotype B or C (C. neoformans var. gattii) than creatinine-dextrose-bromthymol blue or glycine-cycloheximide-phenol red media. Among 143 isolates of serotype A or D and 70 isolates of serotype B or C, the new medium correlated completely with the serotype, whereas nearly 11% of these isolates gave discrepant reactions with creatinine-dextrose-bromthymol blue and glycine-cycloheximide-phenol red media.