Total Lipids

Yes you read the title correctly. Today’s lab post is about lipids (fats). More specifically what percent of the total biomass of algae I cultured is lipid? I have been culturing 6 one liter bottle of algae for about 5 weeks. I harvested them Monday and the total biomass was about 0.2000 g for one … Continue reading

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It’s all a matter of perspective.

Before I go into the details of what I’ve been looking at I wanted to give you some perspective. If the human race were my micro algae experiment, stick with me for a second, the entire world would fit in about 4.5 liters of filtered sea water. With some serious help from K we were … Continue reading

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TLC video made on iMovie

Here is my first attempt at iMovie. Thin Layer Chromatography <- (click on link) Or watch embedded video on the post. Let me know what you think.  

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Curves, Sea Water, Sterilization

This week I have been attempting to analyze the growth of one of my species of microalgae. I will make a calibration curve using transmittance (the amount of light that passes through 200 ul of culture) cell counts (exactly what it sounds like very tedious), and dry weight (the mass of the algae after dryer … Continue reading

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