High-throughput analysis lab
The Biodiversity Centre’s laboratories are equipped with cutting-edge technology to facilitate researchers in the culture and rapid identification of microbial species, and high-throughput analysis of biological and environmental samples.
The 320 m2 laboratory complex is subdivided according to function: a reception centre for preparing samples, an extraction lab, an isolation lab (including a room classified BSL2 − biosafety level 2), two molecular biology labs (pre-PCR and post-PCR), several service areas (cleaning room, chemical supply room, storage rooms) as well as incubation and conservation units.
The Centre’s equipment for isolating and incubating microorganisms includes a soil sifting instrument; incubator shakers; ovens; biological incubators; a CO2 incubator; several laminar flow hoods, including BSL2 confinement chambers; an automated culture vial filling system; and a colony counter.
Equipment for molecular characterization includes sample grinders; three robots (EVO 100 and EVO 150) to handle liquids for DNA/RNA extraction, prepare PCR and purify samples; two quantitative real-time PCR machines; several gradient PCR machines; microplate readers; a LI-COR sequencer for genotyping; a gel documentation system; and high-speed electrophoresis systems, including several instruments for DGGE/TGGE/SSCP protocols.
We provide a freeze-dryer and several ultra-low temperature freezers for short- and medium-term preservation of samples.