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problem preparing Hutners trace elements...

Marcel.Janssen at ALGEMEEN.PK.WAU.NL Marcel.Janssen at ALGEMEEN.PK.WAU.NL
Wed Dec 2 12:38:15 EST 1998

Dear netters,

I hope some among you have experience in preparing Hutner trace elements
solution. I followed the procedure described on page 579 in the Chlamydomonas
The problem occurs during the final step, when I adjust to pH 6.7 by adding
20% w/v KOH. The solution changes from clear dark green to a suspension of a
green solution and rust-brown particles. According to the procedure it should
be clear green initially and after one or two weeks the color changes to
purple leaving this rust-brown precipitate. However, when I let the solution
stand for 2 weeks nothing changes and after two weeks I still have a
suspension of a green solution and a rust-brown precipitate...
I already tried this procedure for three times and always I have the same

Does anybody know what could be the cause of this behaviour,

thank you very much for your time,

Marcel Janssen
Food and Bioprocess Engineering Group
Wageningen Agricultural Universtity
The Netherlands

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