C. Elegans reagents and consumables
The Freeze-dried OP50 is a high-quality cultured Escherichia coli and is used as a food source for the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. It is used to seed NGM agar plates or add to liquid cultures (S-medium). The Freeze-dried OP50 was cultured optimally to achieve 4 grams of pure OP50 cells, which equals 1 gram of OP50 after freeze-drying. Resuspend the 1 gram of Freeze-dried OP50 powder in the 50ml tubes with sterile water or S-medium, and you have instant and high-quality OP50 food for your nematodes. The viability of the OP50 cells is reduced due to the freeze-drying process; however, enough cells are alive to form a clear and normal OP50 lawn on your NGM plates.
A filter set for LabTie Freeze-dried OP50 is also available that allows you to filtrate the dissolved Freeze-dried OP50 product to obtain a clear solution rid of large particles.