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QIf you’re into mycology, you know how important it is to have the right lab essentials. One of the most important things you’ll need is agar, which is essential for growing and cultivating mushroom spores. While making your own agar plates can be time-consuming and challenging, there is an easier way to get started with mycology lab work. You can purchase ready-to-use prepoured agar plates! In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about these essential tools for your mycology lab.

Why Use Pre-poured Agar?

Pre-poured agar plates are the easiest way to get started with mushroom cultivation in your lab. They come pre-sterilized and ready to use, which means that you don’t need to worry about the hassle of preparing and sterilizing your own agar plates. Plus, you can purchase them in a variety of sizes (60mm dishes, and 90mm dishes) , which is great for accommodating different quantities of spores. 90mm dishes are the standard we use, the 60mm are available upon request. 

How to Use Pre-poured Agar

Using pre-poured agar plates is simple. Once you receive your plates, store them in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use them. When you’re ready to start cultivating, you’ll need to prepare your spores. Once your spores are ready, remove the lid from the plate and gently sprinkle the spores onto the surface of the agar. Make sure to label the plate with the date, strain, and any other relevant information. Then, seal the plate with tape and store it in a warm, dark place to promote growth..

Precautions When Working with Agar:

While working with pre-poured agar plates is generally safe, it’s important to take some precautions to minimize the risk of contamination. Make sure to work in a clean, sterile environment and wear gloves to avoid transferring any bacteria or other microorganisms to your plates. Additionally, be mindful of any potential sources of contamination in your lab, such as open windows or doors that could allow airborne particles to enter.

Its also fun to make your own agar

If you’re interested in mycology, using pre-poured agar plates is an easy and convenient way to get started with mushroom cultivation. With a little bit of knowledge and some basic lab supplies, you can start growing your own mushrooms in no time. Remember to choose the right type of agar, follow proper sterilization protocols, and take precautions to avoid contamination. Happy growing!