Clinical Microbiology


CHROMagar™ Malassezia

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For detection of Malassezia spp.

Typical Appearance of microrganisms

Malassezia furfur → large, pale pink and wrinkled 
Other Malassezia spp including M. globosa & M. restricta → mostly pink to purple

Order References 

Please use these references when
contacting your local distributor:
5000 mL .......... MZ282
25 L ........... MZ283-25

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Medium Performance

Since members of the genus Malassezia share similar morphological and biochemical characteristics, the use of traditional culture media for differentiating them based on phenotypic features is not suitable. CHROMagarTM Malassezia was developed with the goal of facilitating not only their detection, but also to improve an algorithm for the differentiation of the most common species (see: Revised Culture-Based System for Identification ofMalassezia Species, by Takamasa et al. JCM No-2007)

Medium Description

Please refer to our IFU and Material Safety data sheet for complete information about the medium. 
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Last Update: 18-Nov-2019

Focus on Malassezia

Malassezia is a fungi naturally found on the skin of humans. On normal healthy skin it does not cause infections, but when the environment of the skin is altered, Malassezia species are able to cause several cutaneous diseases as severe dermatitis or otitis (inflammation of the skin or ears respectively)

In veterinary field, Malassezia is also the cause of various infections detected on animal skins (dermatitis).


Characterization of Malassezia spp. In oral cavity of dog Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Nihon University School of Dentistry at Matsudo, Chiba 271-8587 Japan


Takao Yoshikawa Int J Oral Med Sci 7(2):72-76,2008

Prevalence of Malassezia species in patients with pityriasis versicolor in Rosario, Argentina


Silvana Ramadán∗, Maximiliano Sortino, Lucía Bulacio, María Laura Marozzi, Clara López, Laura Ramos CEREMIC (Mycology Reference Centre), Facultad de Ciencias Bioquímicas y Farmacéuticas (School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry), Universidad Nacional de Rosario (National University of Rosario), Suipacha 531, Rosario (2000), Argentina Revista iberoamericana de micologia

Revised Culture-based system for Identification of Malassezia Species


Takamasa Kaneko, Koichi Makimura, Michiko Abe, Ryoko Shiota, Yuka Nakamura, Rui Kano, Atsuhiko Hasegawa, Takashi Sugita, Shuichi Shibuya, Shinichi Watanabe, Hideyo Yamaguchi, Shigeru Abe and Noboru Okamura Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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