Can one make petri dish material from pasta?

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Can one make petri dish material from pasta?
« on: 06/10/2011 16:06:54 »
After making some pasta in very little water, I noticed that what water remained after I poured it out had congealed to a jello like blob. Is this because of the starch? And if so, would this work to grow bacterial cultures?

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Can one make petri dish material from pasta?
« Reply #1 on: 06/10/2011 18:48:41 »
A lot of bacteria will produce enzymes that dissolve the starch. That's why they use agar; fewer organisms have evolved to eat boiled seaweed.
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