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Sex in a Dish: C-FERN Life Cycle Kit

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A dynamic introduction to the life cycle of this unique plant. The exercise provides a clear illustration of organ and tissue differentiation in the developmentally simple gametophytes. Unlike many higher plants, gametophyte sexual development, swimming sperm, fertilization, and embryo development are directly visible using a stereomicroscope and simple culture equipment.

Includes materials for 30 students. Experiment time is 21 days with optional extended observations over 3 months. With instructions.

Spore germination and gametophyte development to sexual maturity, sexual reproduction, and early embryo development all take place within 14 days.


What’s Included:
  •  Presterilized Wild-Type Ceratopteris C-FERN® Spores (RNWT1)
  • 3 Bottles Basic C-FERN® Medium
  •  Sterile Water
  • 10 Sterile Spore Spreaders
  • 40 Sterile Petri Dishes (60 x 15 mm)
  • 10 Sterile Pipets
  •  Microscope Slides and Coverslips
  •  Toothpicks
  •  Pen
  •  Culture Dome
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