Algal Culture Media

Algal Culture Media FAQ

What are the components of UTEX algal culture media?
We have 90+ different types of media with various different components. The media recipes can be found here.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:53 PM
Can I autoclave seawater or seawater media?
We do not recommend autoclaving seawater as it will cause high salt precipitation.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Can I modify the recipe of UTEX algal culture media before making a purchase?
We only sell complete media at UTEX, therefore, if you wish to make modifications you must prepare your own medium. We also recommend that you keep at leas...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:58 PM
What does "+NH4" mean?
This refers to our algal culture media and means that the media has a pinch of NH4MgPO4·6H2O added. Example Media: Soilwater: GR+ Medium vs. Soilwater: ...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:55 PM
Can I use artificial seawater?
Most of our marine UTEX strains have not been tested to grow in artificial seawater due to the easy availability of natural seawater. If you do not have a...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Can I re-sterilize the culture media?
Yes. However, repeated autoclaving willl cause evaporation and will increase the concentration of the media components. Additionally, some components may d...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:56 PM
What does "+Si" or "+Sodium Metasilicate" mean?
This refers to media that has been made with additional silicate added. Silicate is necessary to culture diatoms or other organisms that have a silica req...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:57 PM
What does "-N" mean?
This refers to our BG-11 media that is made without nitrogen and is used by nitrogen fixing algae strains. Example Media: BG-11(-N) Medium
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:56 PM
How can I purchase the stock solutions and components for Algal Culture Media from UTEX?
Stock solutions and individual components are currently not available for purchase.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:59 PM
Can I get an MSDS for an Algal Culturing Media?
Algal Culturing Media MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for UTEX Algal Culturing Media are available to download on each media's respective page...
Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 12:01 PM