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I have worked with these substances in the food industry.They have many similar characteristics to agar but I believe they are already suitable for inoculation with only minor modifications.One would need a nutritional breakdown of whichever gum was used(Guar,Locust Bean,and Xanthan) and add whatever nutrients to optimize the profile.But it has great water holding traits like agar and being a seed gum may hold other selectivity characteristics.Perhaps a water holding agent in a substrate.Just some thoughts to try,fogive my meanderings I think I might try Locust bean gum in place of BRF in a jar or two and get back with what happens Peace WR
Being seed gums, I was speculating out loud about possible characteristics.As to why? for the same reason someone mixed rice flour and vermiculite................It all is leading for me to the quest to find the perfect selective media for my wood lovers.I am always looking for interesting new sources of cellulose and polysacharides and trying them as media for wood loving species.BTW that cellulose agar looks interesting for P.cyan.FYI so far I have had sucessful colonization and spawning on over 23 substrates(I await the first fruits this fall!)and used them to create 16 outdoor beds using various blends of chips, vermiculite and coir.The bean gums interest me more as additives to a spawn mix than an agar sub but I would begin there to establish the viability of the gum as a media. I'm just one of thes guys always looking for another way I guess Peace WR
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