Microwaves: how effective at sterilization
rafael at howard.genetics.utah.edu
Thu Oct 19 17:48:27 EST 1995
On Wed, 18 Oct 1995, RM Brownlie wrote:
> Recently when in a rush for LB plates I have resorted to
> microwaving 100 ml quantities and have found these to be clean every time.
> Does any one know if this is a very reliable method for sterilization.
> Does it inactivate spores and is sterilization dependant on an aqueous
> environment? Could it be used to sterilize plasticware for instance.
No, it can not sterilze galssware nor plasticware.
Microwave ovens will heat water, o water containing things, and if they
are boiling long enough, they may be sterilized. But they don't heat dry
I tried, anyway, to microwave a flask several minutes at max power. It
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