What I learned in class: Normally chocolate agar is needed to grow Haemophilus and Neisseria. The Staph streak technique can be used for culturing Haemophilus on blood agar by allowing the Staph to hemolyze the blood so Haemophilus can grow around it.

My question: Is there a reason this method couldn't be used for Neisseria as well?


It depends on your species of Neisseria.

N. meningitidis grows on BAP (Blood Agar Plate), with colonies being grey and unpigmented on appearing round, smooth, moist, glistening, and convex, with a clearly defined edge

You can read more about that here.

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N. gonorrhoeae is known not to grow on BAP. More on that here.


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