How do I spread out C-Fern on the agar surface?

C-Fern spores can be evenly spread in Petri dishes by using nickel-chromium wire (ca 0.64 mm) in an inoculation loop holder. Nickel-chromium wires can be repeatedly flamed to achieve surface-sterilization. This thinner wire gives superior results compared to using thicker plastic or metal spreaders. However, if you take care, thicker spreaders will work – even […]

Where do I go to learn more about C-Fern?

You can find out more about using C-Fern in the classroom, for independent laboratory investigations to student-initiated and directed research and for all levels of other research by using this site. The following sections provide additional and more detailed information about using C-Fern for teaching or research Teaching with C-Fern – Additional material for exercises […]

What can I learn from C-Fern?

You can use C-Fern to investigate a wide variety of biological principles, scientific methods and laboratory techniques! For grades 7 – 12 and college-level biology Simple and rapid set up by teacher or students Explore a broad spectrum of biological principles Introduces simple, failproof axenic culture techniques Highly Adaptable – from teacher demonstrations to student […]

How do I take care of C-Fern?

Both C-Fern gametophytes and sporophytes are easy to culture in the classroom or in a research environment can be axenically cultured on simple inorganic media in Petri dishes. Because they are free-living and autotrophic, easy and foolproof culture techniques allow both gametophytes and sporophytes to be conveniently cultured and manipulated with minimal training and equipment. […]

Where can I obtain spores and growing supplies for C-Fern?

To purchase C-Fern spores, growing supplies, the C-Fern Manual, Laboratory Kits, and Exercises, please contact a C-Fern vendor. Other equipment and supplies can be easily constructed or obtained locally – please refer to this website. Carolina Biological Supply CompanyPO Box 6010Burlington, NC 27216-6010 Customer Service Support US CustomersPhone: 800.334.5551 or 336.446.7600 International CustomersPhone: 336-584-0381