UTEX sells Allen Medium at 1X concentration only. Stock solutions and individual components for this specific medium are currently not available for purchase.
Freshwater Medium | 6 < pH < 8
Micronutrients NO3 Silicate
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Deadline to place an order for Allen Medium with a 2023 shipment date: Dec 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM CST
Modification of M.M. Allen's freshwater medium for blue-greens. Suitable for axenic and xenic cultures. The marine LB 1928 Spirulina platensis [Medium: Enriched Seawater (ES)] can be adapted to Allen medium (D. James 1982, pers. Comm.).
For 1 L Total
To approximately 950 mL of dH2O add each of the components in the order specified while stirring continuously.
Adjust pH to 7.8.
Bring total volume to 1 L with dH2O.
For 1% agar medium: add 10 g of agar to the flask; do not mix.
The quality of water, including natural seawater, is important. The term 'dH2O' generally refers to distilled, deionized, distilled/deionized water, Milli-Q water (Millipore Corp.), etc. Natural seawater and natural freshwater should be obtained from a non-polluted source.
When dissolving chemicals, wait for the first component to dissolve before adding the second. Stirring, and sometimes the addition of heat, is often required to dissolve the chemicals efficiently. Preparation of stock solutions for frequently made algal culture media make preparing media convenient but also necessary to avoid errors from weighing very tiny amounts.
Attention should be given to the pH of the final medium. In most cases, if pH adjustment is required, this occurs before sterilization. Please note that autoclaving removes carbon dioxide from media lacking carbonate stabilizing buffers. This would make the medium very alkaline soon after removal from the autoclave. In these cases, you should wait approximately 24 hours for gaseous equilibrium before inoculating the medium.
Additional algal culture media recipes can be found at the following other major Collections' websites: