Using Green Algae in the LabResource
Green algae (Scenedesmus quadricauda) is an excellent example of a typical planktonic algae. In the biology lab, it makes a wonderful resource for demonstrating photosynthesis, but in the wider world, it offers potential for creating algal biofuels.
- Photosynthesis – Resource: Photosynthesis using algae wrapped in jelly balls
- Eutrophication – Algal blooms and the effects of eutrophication
Green Algae, Scenedesmus quadricauda
A good example of typical planktonic algae with a four to eight celled structure, which stays buoyant because of spines. Widely distributed across the UK. (information provided by Sciento)
Growing and sourcing
Obtaining: Unfortunately algae can no longer be sourced from Sciento. We now recommend Darwin Biological.
You can no longer buy the enrichment medium but you can obtain the recipe from the resource Photosynthesis using algae wrapped in jelly balls.
Care: Blades advise a warm room and the use of algal growth medium. They recommend subculturing your supply every three weeks.