Spore Syringes: Storage & Use

Spore syringes

Storage:

  • Spore syringes can be kept at room temperature and remain viable for approximately 1 year. However, there have been reports of them staying good for 2-3 years at room temp
  • Although they will remain viable at room temperature, keeping them in the refrigerator can drastically increase shelf life
  • DO NOT FREEZE
  • Keep spore syringes out of direct sunlight. The spores are so small that they can be damaged by UV rays present in sunlight

How To Use:

  • For best viewing results, use in a sterile environment! In front of laminar flow and/or a HEPA filter is ideal, but still air boxes (SAB) or in a small, freshly sterilized room with no air flow can work. Note that there is an increased risk of contamination if not used in a completely sterile environment
    • We make all of our spore syringes in front of laminar flow hoods with HEPA filter to ensure the cleanest possible products for viewing
  • Be sure to wear a mask and gloves when handling spore syringes.
  • Sterilize the entire syringe with 70-85% isopropyl alcohol before using
  • Open needle’s sterile packaging
  • Remove black cap from syringe and then quickly attach needle to the syringe
  • The needle should always be flame sterilized before every use. Let needle cool and then dispense spore solution for research

***ACTIVE SPORE SYRINGES ARE FOR MICROSCOPY USE AND RESEARCH ONLY

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