algaegrrrl DIY

And so what did you see of Ulan Baatar?

I saw the aquarium shops and the medical supply stores.

Day two at NUM, and we’re assembling the components to make some bubbling photobioreactors. It turns out an infusion device can be refashioned for growing algae pretty well. Add an air pump from an old fish tank, and voilà.

The labs here are basic, but when they’ve bought new items, they’ve focused on the important items like a good balance, or a laminar flow hood. I’m not so young I can’t remember seeing and using glass petri dishes before. They are like robust old friends.

Having prototyped our system, we prep some BBM media. Sonia has some field samples, so for the first instance we’ll try a little enrichment for the green algae.

Testing out the bubbling system in the Botany lab.

Testing out the bubbling system in the Botany lab.

Prepped and ready to go.

Prepped and ready to go.

 

 

 

Here’s a test for you, how many of these characters do you recognise?

From L-R:  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek - Dutch textile merchant turned scientist. Using microscopy he discovered red blood cells, catalogued plant anatomy and reproduction Louis Pasteur - Responsible for germ theory, and a pioneer of modern vaccination. Martinus Willem Beijerinck - a founder of the field of virology, and discoverer of nitrogen fixation and sulphur reducing bacteria Dmitri Iosifovich Ivanovsky - discovered tobacco viruses, his early experiments were repeated by Beijerinck

From L-R:
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek – Dutch textile merchant turned scientist. Using microscopy he discovered red blood cells, catalogued plant anatomy and reproduction
Louis Pasteur – Responsible for germ theory, and a pioneer of modern vaccination.
Martinus Willem Beijerinck – a founder of the field of virology, and discoverer of nitrogen fixation and sulphur reducing bacteria
Dmitri Iosifovich Ivanovsky – discovered tobacco viruses, his early experiments were repeated by Beijerinck

 

As I was checking my facts, you run into lovely vignettes. Apparently Beijerinck was a crabby man who hated collaborating and was famed for his ascetic lifestyle. Ivanovsky made some astounding observations in the field of botany and was too modest to ever publish much. Anyway, how wonderful to have these characters overseeing your labours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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