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1/2 Soil+Seawater Medium



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1/2 Soil+Seawater Medium

For some marine and brackish-water algae requiring salinities at 15 ppt, glass-distilled water and pasteurized, filtered seawater are combined prior to steaming, such that 1/2 Soil+Seawater Medium contains seawater combined with distilled water 1:1.

Directions

For 200 mL Total

  1. Combine all components.
  2. Cover the medium container and steam for 2 consecutive days, 3 hours on each day. Pasteurization is a gradual rising of temperature to approximately 95 °C in 15 minutes. Then increased just over 98 °C for the 3 hour duration. Cooling occurs gradually at room temperature.
  3. Refrigerate 24 hours or more and bring to room temperature before using.

# Component Amount Stock Solution Concentration Final Concentration
1 Green House Soil 1 tsp
2 CaCO3 (optional) (Fisher C 64) 1 mg 0.05 mM
3 Pasteurized Seawater 100 mL
4 dH2O 100 mL

Important Notes To Consider:

  • 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.