Equipment Checklist for a Starch Analysis - Ready Lab

Wet lab:

Basic equipment:

  • Sink
  • Tap for filtered water or water filtration system. If water is not available in the lab room, use a dedicated container for storing filtered water.
  • Chemical storage units
  • Ultrasonic water bath cleaner
  • Centrifuges and rotors, one for 15 ml tubes and another for 50 ml tubes (or one accommodating both)
  • Various glassware for mixing heavy liquid suspensions
  • Graduated cylinders for measuring liquids like ethanol. A 500 ml size will work.
  • Beakers in various sizes. In lieu of beakers, metal containers are better if they are obtainable.
  • A scale for testing the density of heavy liquids
  • Stir rods, tongs, spoons
  • Washing equipment and detergent for labware
  • Test tube racks
  • Wash bottles
  • Waste bottles
  • Slide staining containers


  • Powder-free gloves
  • Centrifuge tubes, conical plastic with lids, sterile, 15 and 50 ml sizes
  • Slides
  • Cover glasses
  • Plastic bags
  • Permanent markers
  • Labeling tape
  • Glass Pasteur pipets
  • Pipet pumps to fit the above pipets
  • Kimwipes
  • Glass waste container


  • Liquid white glycerin
  • Ethanol
  • Cesium Chloride or another salt to use for heavy liquid flotation
  • Permount or another Euparol type mounting medium for sealing slides

Dry lab:

  • Polarizing compound light microscope
  • Camera apparatus for image capture
  • Image capture software installed on either a dedicated computer or personal laptops
  • If you want to look at residues on the surfaces of tools, and you don’t have incident light on your compound scope, you will want a trinocular stereomicroscope fitted with a polarizing incident light source and high magnification objective and ocular lenses

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