Bioscience and Biotechnology Institute of Aix-Marseille
Expertise and Equipment
The laboratory benefits from a unique combination of broad knowledge, equipment and methods that cover biophysics, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology. In addition to the standard equipment for molecular biology and biochemistry, our laboratory equipment includes ultracentrifuges, an HPLC, an FPLC, a laser spectrometer, an FTIR spectrometer, a Joliot spectrophotometer, spectrophotometers, s spectrofluorometer, a Fusion FX7 chemiluminescence/bioluminescence/fluorescence video imaging system, a PAM and video-imaging fluorometer, a Bioruptor Next Gen Sonicator, and an HRM-compatible qPCR machine. Additionally we have easy access to state-of-the-art microscopy (http://www.ibdm.univ-mrs.fr/technology/imaging-microscopy/) and genomic (http://tagc.univ-mrs.fr/tagc/index.php/tgml-facility) facilities on the Luminy campus.
HPLCCrédit : S. Caffarri, Aix-Marseille Université
The LGBP currently has 7 controlled environmental growth rooms totalling about 54 square meters of growth space. Five of these rooms are specifically designed for growing plants in soil and are equipped with computerized environmental controls that control temperature, lighting, humidity and irrigation. One large room is specifically designed for in vitro culture and cell suspensions. One cold room (16°C) is available for Physcomitrella patens gametophore production. Facilities also include 2 Percival AR‐41L3 plant growth chambers for specific experiments as well as incubators and orbital shakers for cultures in liquid media .
LGBP has a photosynthesis analysis platform, coupled to the Plant Growth Facilities, for the comprehensive analysis of photosynthetic parameters and pigments. :
Spectrofluorometer Cary Eclipse (Varian)
The Cary Eclipse fluorescence spectrometer uses a Xenon flash lamp for high sensitivity and fast kinetics. It measures the emission of light from samples in four modes (fluorescence, phosphorescence, chemi/bio-luminescence, and time resolved phosphorescence). Measurements at low temperature (liquid nitrogen) are also possible.
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