Lyophilization of cotton leaves
- Freeze cotton leaves sample at -70 C in a deep freezer.
- Transport the sample in an ice chest box.
- Check to see that drain plug is closed (left side of condenser) and be sure that <break> switch is off and ballast open.
- Turn on bottom <cool> switch of the condenser.
- Turn on top <pump><cool><control> switches of chamber and set "shelf temperature control" to -400 or -50 C. Then, wait for chamber temperature to drop to set level (it usually takes 1 to 3 hr).
- Turn on bottom <pump> switch.
- Place the frozen samples on trays. Arrange in even layers. Placing second layer of tubes in bottom 2 trays is OK). It may be fun to place the probes into samples to watch the changing temperature.
- Close the chamber and wait for 1 to 2 minutes till the samples and chamber temperature equalize. During this time, ice crystals will coat metal parts of the chamber.
- Turn on <gauge> switch and close ballast, and wait for vacuum to reach <100 mT (about 5 to 10 min). In the mean time, condenser temperature should be at least -40 C.
- Set "shelf temperature control" to -20 C and let run for 3 hr at least or overnight.
- Check the condenser periodically to be sure that the coil has not collected enough ice to lug it up (rarely a problem on a fresh run).
- After the run is complete, turn off <gauge> switch and open ballast.
- Turn on <break> and turn off vacuum <pump> switches simultaneously.
- Remove the samples and turn off top <pump><cool><control> switches.
- Turn off <break> switch.
- Close the cap of samples tightly immediately.
- Place samples in dry, air tight environment as soon as possible and store out of direct sunlight.
* Lyophilizer is accessible in Bldg 11(Rm 104). If any problem happens, check with G. Lazo. Reserving the freeze-dryer by placing a note (Stating name, time length of lyophilization) on the machine several days before your schedule would be best.