Algal Culture Media

Algal Culture Media FAQ

What is the salinity of the seawater used at UTEX? Where does it come from?
The natural, undiluted seawater used for media preparation at UTEX is collected from the Gulf of Mexico at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:58 PM
Can I purchase UTEX Algal Culture Media in a different concentration?
UTEX only sells complete media at 1X concentration. If desired, recipes are available here so you can make media with your modifications.
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:59 PM
I would like to use my own soil to make soilwater media, what do I need to consider in choosing the right kind?
Soilwater is not a well-defined medium, yet not all soil is suitable for culturing a broad range of algae. UTEX utilizes soil that was obtained in the ear...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:59 PM
How is the seawater filtered, prepared, and sterilized?
Seawater is collected from off the pier in Port Aransas, TX and is run through a sand filter. It is then stored in polyethylene carboys at ambient tempera...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:59 PM
What do I need to consider when choosing soil for CR1?
CR1 soil is not a well-defined medium, yet not all soil is suitable for culturing a broad range of algae. Soiil used for CR1 originates in the floodplain o...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:59 PM
How is the CR1 soil prepared?
The CR1 soil is treated in batches by placing in a heat-resistant pan lined with aluminium foil and filled to a depth of 1/4 inch and baked at 150 °C for 2...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:59 PM
How is the green house soil component prepared?
Prior to its use in soilwater media, soil is treated in batches by placing it in a heat-resistant pan lined with aluminum foil, filled to a depth of ¼ inch...
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 1:56 PM
"Add 4 Tubes of Algal Culture Medium (+$10 USD)" Option - What would I receive?
When you choose this add-on option, you will receive 4 identical test tubes of the algal culture media that is currently used to maintain the strain at UTE...
Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 1:49 PM
Is the algal culture media already sterile, or do I need to sterilize it before use?
All algal culture media purchased from UTEX--Liter or tube volumes--are already sterilized and ready to use.
Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 1:46 PM