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Why MERV 8 Pre-Filters Are Essential for Mycologists and Plant Tissue Culture Enthusiasts

For those cultivating mushrooms or working with delicate plant tissues, a sterile environment is critical. Here’s where HEPA filters come in, acting as guardians against airborne contaminants. But what many don’t realize is that HEPA filters have a silent protector: the MERV 8 pre-filter. Here’s why MERV 8 pre-filters are essential for Mycologists and Plant Tissue Culture Enthusiasts.

So, What is a MERV 8 Pre-Filter?

In the context of flow hoods, a MERV 8 pre-filter plays a crucial role in protecting and extending the life of the more critical HEPA filter. Here’s a breakdown.

MERV 8 Explained: MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, a rating system for air filters. An MERV 8 filter captures at least 85% of particles in the 1.0-3.0 micron size range. While not perfect, it’s effective for larger airborne contaminants.

FloCube Lab Equipment For Plant Tissue Cultures
MERV 8 Pre Filter for Flow Hood

Why is a MERV 8 Pre-Filter Important for Flow Hoods?

Flow hoods, especially those used in mycology and plant tissue culture, rely on HEPA filters to maintain a sterile work environment. HEPA filters excel at capturing very small particles, down to 0.3 microns. However, they can become clogged with larger debris like:

  • Dust particles
  • Hair
  • Insect parts
  • Larger fungal spores

Here's how MERV 8 pre-filters help protect the HEPA filter in your Flow Hood:

Imagine a HEPA filter as a super fine mesh that traps microscopic particles.  While it excels at capturing minuscule threats,  larger airborne contaminants like dust, insects, and even some spores can clog the mesh, reducing airflow and hindering the HEPA filter’s ability to do its job. This is where the MERV 8 pre-filter steps in.  Acting like a first line of defense, it captures these larger particles before they reach the delicate HEPA filter, extending its lifespan significantly.

MERV 8 Pre Filter for Flow Hood

20x20x1″ MERV 8 Pre-filters (3 Pack)

Fits new model 2x3ft and 2x4ft FloCube® ProFlow™ Flow Hoods

FloCube G4 Pre filter

MERV 8 Pre-Filter
(3 Pack) 

These MERV 8 pre-filters are designed to trap larger airborne particles. **Fits Old FloCube Model FFU

HEPA Filters for Flow Hoods

H14 HEPA Filters 

Replacement HEPA Filters for FloCube® ProFlow™ Laminar Flow Hoods. Also an excellent choice for DIY flow hoods!

Why are MERV 8 Pre-Filters Especially Important for Mycology and Plant Tissue Culture?

In mycology and also with microbiology and plant tissue culture, even a minor contamination can be disastrous. Fungal spores and bacteria readily hitchhike on air particles, posing a constant threat.

Here’s how these pre-filters play a vital role in your Flow Hood :

  • Extended HEPA Filter Life: HEPA filters are expensive. By capturing larger contaminants, MERV 8 pre-filters significantly reduce the burden on the HEPA filter, saving you money on replacements in the long run.
  • Enhanced Sterility: Fewer large particles reaching the HEPA filter translates to a cleaner airflow and a more sterile environment for your cultures and mushrooms.
  • Reduced Maintenance: Less clogging in the HEPA filter means less frequent replacements, allowing you to focus on your cultivation efforts.

Affordable MERV 8 Pre-Filters for Flow Hoods

FloCube MERV 8 pre-filters are a small investment that can have a significant impact on your mycology and plant tissue culture practices. By ensuring optimal HEPA filter performance, you’re creating a cleaner environment for successful cultivation and minimizing the risk of contamination. Remember, it’s like putting a shield on your shield – double the protection for your precious cultures.

MERV 8 Pre Filter for Flow Hood

So next time you’re working on your mushroom or plant tissue project, don’t forget the importance of the humble MERV 8 pre-filter. It’s the pre-filter that is helping to ensure a clean and sterile environment for your research.

Purchase MERV 8 Prefilters and HEPA filters in our shop online here or visit us at our Phoenix showroom – directions to visit FloCube Shop here

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