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08 May 2004 12:36 PDT
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Question ID: 343262
How do I obtain a commercial-size sample culture of (appr. 1 litre size) of Spirulina? The source has to be Canadian, if possible, as I am located in southern Ontario. Thanx in advance. Please note, this is not about getting a supply of processed Spirulina. I want a live sample suitable for inocculating large batches of culture for the purpose of growing my own spirulina as a cottage industry. Thanx in advance
Re: Spirulina culture
Answered By: rxrfrx-ga on 13 May 2004 08:08 PDT
The University of Texas maintains a massive algae strain collection (UTEX), and all strains are available for purchase. The website is http://www.bio.utexas.edu/research/utex/ and you can order from there. They ship 10 mL aliquots, not the one liter you specify, but if you're trying to start your own culture, why would you need any more? Simply inocculate with the 10 mL and you'll have liters in no time. Also, they obviously ship from the US. This should be no problem but you might have to check with the proper Canadian authorities to see whether you have to fax UTEX an import form before you order.
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