The Laminar flow hood or FFU has peaked my interest for years but only recently have they become more compact and affordable. From time to time I’ll take liquid cultures purchased from my favorite mushroom culture vendor sporesfast.com and isolate them on agar to see which phenotypes, or physical characteristics emerge.
For years my go to, when handling sterile mushroom cultures was Mushyluv’s ez-SAB-mini still air box. This little dynamo processed 1000’s of mushroom tissue samples reliably and contamination free. I’ve even used the SAB-mini in the field to take tissue samples from wild mushrooms on site and at friend’s houses. You can imagine my excitement though when I heard Mushyluv was producing laminar flow hoods.
The Clone Cube laminar flow hood Has been great to have around the lab. Working with sterile cultures is so much easier when you don’t have all the restrictions normally associated with still air boxes. One of my favorite aspects of owning a flow hood is how easy it is to pour stacks of agar plates. As mycologists, we spend so much time following best practice guidelines with the aim of reducing chances for contamination. When you run across a product, like the Clone Cube, that makes it effortless it seems almost magical.
Ease of Use: ☆☆☆☆☆
Take it out of the box, plug it in and it’s ready to go.
The price tag is a fraction of the cost of larger wooden FFU units.
About as loud as the vent-a-hood fan over the stove.
Filter Replacement: ☆☆☆☆☆
common HEPA filter available at mushyluv and online retailers.
In closing, the Clone Cube FFU is a solid performer that makes life much easier in the lab.
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