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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Please note: Mention of brand names or companies does not constitute endorsement by the USDA or ARS.

  • Spore Collectors & Inoculators

    Geoff Harms
    21 Biological Sciences
    University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108

    Also available from (updated info 3/16):

    G-R Manufacturing Co LLC
    C/O Tallgrass Products, Inc.
    36780 Tallgrass Road
    Manhattan Kansas 66502
    (785) 532-7473


  • Vacuum pump

    P.O.Box 7690
    Chicago, IL. 60680-7690

    Tel: 630-600-3600


    • Large Cyclone Spore Collector*

      G-R Manufacturing - same address as above

    *Please see: Phytopathology 56:1102-1103 for basic collector design.


    • Hand held vacuum cleaner used with large cyclone spore collector

    Cadillac Vacuum/Blower

    Currently, not available at previous supplier, but other companies appear to sell them.

    • Gelatin capsules (size 00 clear) used in spore collectors and inoculators

    Fagron Inc
    2400 Pilot Knob Road
    St. Paul, MN 55120

    Tel: 800-423-6967
    Fax: 800-339-1596

    • Spore collector bottles

      20ml Disposable Scintillation Vials, Screw Top Catalog No. C-03-337-15
      100 per Case
      Fisher Scientific (


    Tel: 800-485-9569

    • Bleeder-type cut-off T-valve model 630  (bleeder assembly)

    DeVillbis Healthcare

    • Plastic seedling trays for use with 3" square plastic pots (CDL uses vermiculite planting media)

    Brookdale Pastics
    Part# T13674 (built using custom mold for CDL)

    • Belden Plastic 3" square plastic pots

    Carlin Horticultural Supplies
    1375 Trout Brook Circle
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55117

    Tel: 651-487-8108 or 855-487-8108
    Fax: 651-487-3963

    • Maleic acid hydrazide (used as seedling growth regulator)

      PhytoTechnology Laboratories
      7895 Mastin Dr.
      PO Box 13481
      Shawnee Mission, KS 66282-3481

    • Barberry Media Mix (used at CDL)
     Item  Parts
     Fafard aged pine bark  4
     Sunshine peat moss  2
     Turface Athletics MVP sand  1

    Items available from Carlin Horticultural Supplies (see contact info above).

    1. Soil mix (Ag Mix) used in CDL greenhouses


         Field soil  6
         Sand  6
         Peat  5
         Composted manure  2


    • Twine for grain harvestors

      Willamette Exporting Co.
      P.O. Box 231105
      Portland, OR 97223

    • Revco freezers

      275 Aiker Rd.
      Asheville, NC 28804
      Fax 704-645-3368


    • Panasonic freezers

    Dai Scientific
    Kathy Mannie

    Tel: 612-812-2860

Last Modified: 8/19/2016
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