BD BBL™ stains and indicators

Within our state-of-the-art ISO 9000 manufacturing center is a dedicated production area for stain reagents. A unique BD manufacturing process reduces the presence of artifacts—a chemical precipitate sometimes mistaken for microorganisms in Gram stain preparations. The end result is easier-to-read and accurate staining.

Multiple staining methodologies

BD offers both traditional and cutting-edge staining methodologies, as well as quality control slides for Gram stain and acid-fast staining procedures.

Convenient packaging

Conveniently packaged in a compact tray, all BD BBL stain kits feature no-drip, "keep clean" cap spouts, both on 250-mL bottles and economical gallon containers.

Four-step Gram stain kit

This kit is available with stabilized iodine.


Two-step AFB stain kit

This kit is a rapid two-step modification of the Ziehl–Neelsen and Kinyoun stains that does not require heating, separate decolorization steps or filtering.


Three-step AFB stain kit

This kit includes the traditional Kinyoun or Ziehl–Neelsen stains. Either stain enables the detection of acid-fast microorganisms without a fluorescent microscope.


Acridine orange stain

This stain helps detect microorganisms in direct smears by fluorescence, especially benefiting the screening of normally sterile specimens where a few organisms may be present.


Fluorescent stain kits

Our TB fluorescent kit M and TB fluorescent kit T contain the auramine-rhodamine stain. Rhodamine reduces nonspecific background fluorescence that may be present in either culture or clinical specimens.


BD BBL acid-fast stains

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BD BBL bulk stains

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Dyes and indicators

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BD stain rack

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BD BBL stain kits

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