Algae Culture at Home
Experimental Flat-Panel Photobioreactor:
Grow-> extract -> distill to make biofuel:
Algae Hacking at GaudiLabs (June 2012)
Picking Algae Cells
Imgae of the capillary. String algae and single cell algae in size comparison. Positioning is very precise (+/- 5 um),aspiring the algae is not yet reliable.
See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alSmZeQweVo
Discussed some theory on patch clamping cells with Ralf Weise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patch_clamp Can we do this DIY?
We need the Chara Corallina algae with single cells as big a 2x20mm.
Let's go for algae hunting...
Algae Sample Collection
We go out with the pedalo on lake Lucern to best aproach the nice spots for collecting algae.
Took samples on various places and put them into the PET containers (got them from dumpster diving at main station).
From discussions with Sachiko, the idea of culturing biofilms (communities) not only mono-cultures came up…
"A biofilm is an aggregate of microorganisms in which cells adhere to each other on a surface."
Biofilm is also referred to as slime...
Algae Samples Inspection
Nice video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtEhcU61NHs
Open Lab Session