Streak plate of Streptococcus pyogenes (incubated @ 37 degrees C for 48 hrs) showing beta hemolysis, complete lysis of red blood cells, around the isolated colonies. Image taken using transmitted light.
Three organisms inoculated onto blood agar, straight line inoculation, to demonstrate hemolysis. From top to bottom: Streptococcus pyogenes: beta, complete lysis of red blood cells, clear area around colony growth. Streptococcus bovis: alpha, incomplete lysis of red blood cells, green area around colony growth. Enterococcus faecalis: gamma, growth with no blood cell lysis. Image taken using transmitted light.