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Microcentrifuge tubes filled with grinding media (e.g., beads or balls), are widely used to homogenize samples, such as microorganisms and tissue.  OPS Diagnostics offers convenient, ready-to-use pre-filled disruption tubes in multiple configurations, minimizing preparation time by researchers.  All OPS Diagnostics’ grinding media is cleaned to remove impurities and available in a variety of materials, sizes and treatment types. Bead sizes range from 100 µm - 6 mm, and tubes are available in skirted (i.e., self-standing) or unskirted (i.e., conical) tubes. 

Pre-filled tubes are offered with Zirconium Silicate (“Zirconium”), Silica, Mixed Media and Stainless Steel grinding media.  All grinding media will generate heat during sample processing.

Acid Washed Pre-Filled Tubes

Acid Washed Beads are washed in an acidic solution and oven baked to remove detrimental contaminants found in raw beads. 

Molecular Biology Grade Pre-Filled Tubes

Molecular Biology Grade Beads undergo the same process as acid washed and then are further processed and aseptically packaged.  They are certified free of nucleic acids. 

Low Binding Pre-Filled Tubes

Low Binding Beads undergo a proprietary process that minimizes non-specific adsorption of biomolecules to the bead surface following homogenization.

  Silica Zirconium Stainless Steel Mixed Media
Size Range 100 - 800 µm 100 µm - 3 mm 2.8 mm Combines beads of different sizes, they range from 100 µm - 6 mm
Advantage(s) Most cost effective, generates least amount of heat during grinding Chemically inert, higher density and hardness than Silica Highest density and hardness, precision cut for exact sizing Efficient at grinding mixed cultures and environmental samples
Disadvantage(s) Least dense Generates more heat than Silica Reacts with organic solvents, generates most amount of heat  
Treatments
Acid-washed Available Available Available Available
Molecular Biology Available Available for 100 - 800 µm* Not Available Not Available
Low Binding Available Available for 100 - 800 µm Not Available Not Available

*Larger sizes are available upon request, please contact us.

Please contact us at info@opsdiagnostics.com for your custom prefilled tube requests. 

1.0 mm Zirconium Beads, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

1.0 mm Zirconium Beads Pre-Filled Tubes are great for disrupting soil, thin tissues, and leaves in a fast and effective way.

$133.00 - $168.00
1.4 mm Zirconium Beads, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

1.4 mm Acid Washed Zirconium Beads are suitable for homogenizing small animal (e.g., mouse) tissue samples and biomass.

$133.00 - $168.00
1.7 mm Zirconium Bead, Acid Washed, Pre-Filled Tubes (50 count)

1.7 mm Acid Washed Zirconium Beads are suitable for homogenizing larger tissue samples, fungi pellicles, and fine plant material.

$68.00
100 micron and 400 micron Silica Beads, Prefilled Tube (100 count)

Mixed Matrix disruption tubes can be effective lysing microorganisms and environmental samples (e.g., soil). 

$149.00
100 micron silica beads, 1.7 mm Zirconium beads, and a 4 mm silica bead, Prefilled Tubes (100 count)

Mixed Matrix Silica/Zirconium Disruption Tubes offer chemically-inert, acid washed, mixed grinding media to disrupt a range of organisms and particles present within a sample.  

$149.00
100 micron Silica Beads, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

100 µm Silica Beads are small, yet dense enough to disrupt most bacterial cells.

$133.00 - $181.00
100 micron Zirconium Beads, 1200 mg Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

100 µm Acid Washed Zirconium Beads are suitable for homogenizing bacteria and small tissues.

$133.00
100 micron Zirconium Beads, 600 mg Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

100 µm Acid Washed Zirconium Beads are suitable for homogenizing bacteria and small tissues.

$133.00 - $181.00
2.8 mm Stainless Steel Grinding Balls Pre-Filled Tube (50 count)

2.8 mm Stainless Steel Grinding Balls may be used  to lyse a wide variety of samples, including soft animal tissues (liver, brain), fibrous animal tissues (muscle, heart, lung), plant leaf and stem samples, and fungal thalli (e.g., mushrooms).   

$94.00
200 micron Zirconium Beads, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

200 µm Zirconium Beads are suitable for disrupting bacteria and small yeasts (e.g. Pichia)

$133.00 - $181.00
3 mm Zirconium Beads, Acid Washed, Pre-Filled Tubes (50 count)

3.0 mm Acid Washed Zirconium Beads are are chemically-resistant to organics and suitable for homogenizing larger tissue and plant leaf samples.

$68.00
400 micron Silica Beads, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

400 µm Silica Beads are ideal for disrupting yeast (e.g., Saccharomyces). 

$133.00 - $181.00
400 micron Zirconium Beads, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

400 µm Zirconium Beads are suitable for disrupting bacteria and yeast.  

$133.00 - $181.00
500 micron Garnet and a 6mm Zirconium Grinding Satellite, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

Mixed Matrix Garnet/Satellite Disruption Tubes offer chemically-inert, acid washed, mixed grinding media to disrupt a range of organisms and particles present within a sample.  

$149.00
800 micron and 1.4 mm Zirconium beads, Prefilled Tube (100 count)

Mixed Matrix 800 µm/1.4 mm Zirconium Disruption Tubes offer chemically-inert, acid washed, mixed grinding media to disrupt a range of organisms and particles present within a sample.

$149.00
800 micron Silica Beads, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

800 µm Silica Beads are ideal for homogenizing small insects, such as mosquitoes.

$133.00 - $181.00
800 micron Zirconium Beads, Pre-Filled Tubes (100 count)

800 µm Zirconium Beads are suitable for disrupting mycelium and soft leaves.  Also effective in breaking fungal spores, cysts, and yeast polysaccharide capsules.

$133.00 - $181.00