What is the catalase test?

Catalse Test Catalase (also known as peroxidase) is an enzyme that catalyses the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide to oxygen and water. Most higher organisms produce catalase, but in bacteriology this test is usually used to differentiate staphylococci (Catalase positive) from streptococci (Catalase negative). Chemical equation for the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide:2H2O2 → 2H2O + O2 In this test a drop of hydrogen peroxide is emulsified with the bacterial growth, if the organism is catalase positive active bubbling is seen (formation of oxygen) In catalase negative reactions no active bubbling is seen