Urea/Ammonia Assay Kit (Rapid) 

The Urea/Ammonia (Rapid) test kit is suitable for the specific and rapid measurement and analysis of urea and ammonia in water, beverages, milk and food products.

Extended cofactors stability. Dissolved cofactors stable for > 1 year at 4oC.

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100 assays (50 of each) per kit

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UV-method for the determination of Urea and Ammonia in
foodstuffs, beverages and other materials

(1) Urea + H2O → 2NH3 + CO2

                         (microbial glutamate dehydrogenase)
(2) 2-Oxoglutarate + NADPH + NH4+ → L-glutamic acid + NADP+
                                                                                   + H2O

Kit size:                             * 50 assays of each

The number of manual tests per kit can be doubled if all volumes are halved. 
This can be readily accommodated using the MegaQuantTM Wave
Spectrophotometer (D-MQWAVE).

Method:                            Spectrophotometric at 340 nm
Reaction time:                 ~ 10 min
Detection limit:                 0.13 mg/L (urea)
0.07 mg/L (ammonia)
Application examples:
Wine, grape juice, must, fruit juices, soft drinks, milk, cheese, meat,
processed meat, bakery products, seafood, fertilizers, feed,
pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, water (e.g. swimming-pool water), Kjeldahl
analysis, paper (and cardboard) and other materials (e.g. biological
cultures, samples, etc.)
Method recognition:    
Methods based on this principle have been accepted by NEN and MEBAK


  • Very rapid reaction due to use of uninhibited glutamate dehydrogenase
  • Enzymes supplied as stable Suspensions
  • Very competitive price (cost per test)
  • All reagents stable for > 2 years after preparation
  • Mega-Calc™ software tool is available from our website for hassle-free raw data processing
  • Standard included
  • Extended cofactors stability

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Determination of urea using high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection after automated derivatisation with xanthydrol.

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Urea degradation in some white wines by immobilized acid urease in a stirred bioreactor.

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The determination of urea in wine – a review.

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Urea degradation kinetics in model wine solutions by acid urease immobilised onto chitosan-derivative beads of different sizes.

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Comparative study of colorectal health related compounds in different types of bread: Analysis of bread samples pre and post digestion in a batch fermentation model of the human intestine.

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Assessing heterogeneity of the composition of mare's milk in Flanders.

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Functional expression of a heterologous nickel-dependent, ATP-independent urease in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Urea and lipid extraction treatment effects on δ15N and δ13C values in pelagic sharks.

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Enhancing biomass and lipid productions of microalgae in palm oil mill effluent using carbon and nutrient supplementation.

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