Good Laboratory Practice: Culture Media Sterilization
Too many labs belatedly discover that their culture media sterilization cycle is not actually sterilizing the load. Yes, the autoclave is reaching 121ºC and holding that temperature for 20 minutes. […]Read More
Choosing the Best Pressure Sterilizer for Mushroom Cultivation
Too many mycology labs and mushroom growers end up with a sterilizer that costs too much and does too little. There are three key considerations when selecting a pressure sterilizer […]Read More
Tissue Culture Protocols: Botanists Work to Bank for the Future
Tissue culture and cryopreservation are important emerging techniques for the “ex situ conservation” (i.e., “off-site conservation”) of plants. Without consistent work to preserve endangered species and varieties outside of their […]Read More
Mycology Laboratory Equipment and Techniques: Pasteurizing Mushroom Substrates via “Cold Sterilization”
“Cold sterilization” is a perennial hot topic when it comes to sterilizing and pasteurizing mushroom substrates. This chemical-based process (usually using low-magnesium hydrated lime) seems like a “best of both […]Read More
Used Equipment and Cannabis Testing Labs
Lab Manager magazine published an excellent issue this past summer focused entirely on the cannabis industry and cannabis testing labs. This is obviously a challenging area, because of the massive […]Read More
Improve Autoclave Safety: Five Best Practices for 2020
People doing their everyday jobs sometimes forget the power of the tools they use. You become inured to their risks, and go on autopilot. Those are the moments where accidents […]Read More
Autoclave tape: “Don’t Trust the Tape—or the Techs!”
“Had an undergrad who ‘autoclaved’ stuff from our lab by drawing black lines on the autoclave tape with sharpie and moving it to the clean area. When I noticed the […]Read More
Lab Supplies: How to Minimize Lab Conflict
Sharing lab supplies always has the potential to cause strife—especially in university and research settings, where most reagents and lab supplies are in perpetually short supply. We’ve found pipette tips […]Read More
Want to Find the Most Energy Efficient Autoclave?
As we noted in our previous post, two factors determine the energy efficiency of your autoclave: The autoclave’s steam source and its chamber shape. Steam source is perhaps the easiest […]Read More
Autoclave Energy Savings: What Really Makes a Difference?
We get many questions about autoclave energy savings. This isn’t surprising: Research labs generally use three to four times more energy that similar-sized office spaces. The primary culprits: Devices responsible […]Read More
Your Sterilizer Machine Maintenance Plan
As we’ve noted in the past, developing just three good sterilizer machine habits can easily save you thousands of dollars. But if you want to get the most out of […]Read More
Autoclave Sterilizer Explainer: What is an “ASME stamp”?
Having an “ASME stamped” pressure vessel is one of the key price differentiators for an autoclave sterilizer. The is especially the case with the smaller autoclaves marketed towards start-up research […]Read More