The University of Texas Botany Department maintains a culture collection, which I guess is where most of us might try and get a spirulina culture to start out with. There don't seem to be too many places that have spirulina platensis or spirulina maxima, two forms of spirulina that the good doctor says she has grown. It would be nice if Dr. Solowey could create a web site showing in detail how to do everything. Yesterday I received two small packages from Dr. E M Solowey with information on spirulina. I will be reading it and so far the information seems pretty good. I am sure that she would be happy to send you that same information.
Efficiency of Sunlight Utilization: Tubular Versus Flat Photobioreactors
Mario R. Tredici, Graziella Chini Zittelli
The species used, Phaeodactylum tricornutum UTEX 640, was supplied by the University of Texas at Austin. ... Although it is a freshwater strain, it is able to tolerate high salinity (Yongmanitchai and Ward, 1991). Nutrient concentrations for the outdoor operation were successively increased to avoid growth limitation; a tripled concentration ensured nutrient-saturated growth.
Offered by Glenn.