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#1 Drweakguy

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 09:48 AM

Hello all! I've been wanting to start my own personal studies in microbiology and begin researching as a hobby. I would appreciate any advice and a decent list of supplies to start my studies.

 

List so far:

  • Microscope - 40x - 2000x
  • Gram staining supplies
  • Glass slides & coverslips
  • Nutrient agar
  • Petri dishes
  • Inoculating loop
  • Plastic test tubes
  • Glass tubes
  • Immersion oil
  • Benedict's solution
  • Biuret Reageant
  • Graduated Cyclinder
  • Beakers

Anything to add please do. You don't have to explain why I need it, I can research the supplies you give me and what they do. Thanks in advance!


Edited by Drweakguy, 24 November 2013 - 09:54 AM.


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

Besides nutrient agar, you will most likely need some nutrient broth(s).  For both the agar and broths, it should be a lot cheaper to buy the components and make it yourself. 

 

You will also need a method of disposal - the best will be an autoclave or a pressure-cooker, these can also be used to sterilize the media and anything else that you prepare.

 

You will also need a flame for sterile work - methanol burner or bunsen burner.

 

Check out DIYBio.org



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:31 PM

Besides nutrient agar, you will most likely need some nutrient broth(s).  For both the agar and broths, it should be a lot cheaper to buy the components and make it yourself. 

 

You will also need a method of disposal - the best will be an autoclave or a pressure-cooker, these can also be used to sterilize the media and anything else that you prepare.

 

You will also need a flame for sterile work - methanol burner or bunsen burner.

 

Check out DIYBio.org

Thanks for the reply! I didn't consider broth for some reason. I should have also mentioned I already had a pressure cooker for autoclaving and a methanol burner


Edited by Drweakguy, 24 November 2013 - 12:32 PM.





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