Laboratories

The Research Centre is proud of the various research facilities and equipment, which include:

Physiology Laboratories

Radiochemical Laboratory

Tissue Culture Laboratories

Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory

Misthouses, shade houses and green houses

CERU (Controlled Environment Research Unit)

Access to Electron microscopy (TEM, SEM, ESEM)

Access to NMR

Physiology Laboratories

There are two main laboratories designated for Physiological research. Postgraduate students have their own work bench within one of these laboratories. Each laboratory is fully stocked with general laboratory equipment such as glassware, pipettes, balances etc., as well as a wide array of chemicals. In addition to these two laboratories, there are smaller rooms for the more specialized instruments/techniques. These include: chromatography room (TLC, paper chromatography, centrifugal chromatography and various columns); HPLC room (Isotope/DAD, MPLC); GC room (GC and GC-MS); atomic absorption spectroscopy; and an ultra-centrifuge.

Radiochemical Laboratory

The radiochemical laboratory, licenced by AEC (Atomic Energy Corporation), is used to conduct experiments involving radiolabelling. It is well equipped with standard laboratory equipments, and modern scintillation counters.

Tissue Culture Laboratories

The layout of the Tissue Culture laboratory is such that it provides separate work benches/cubicles for students and research assistants; laminar flow benches for aseptic culture and storage for chemicals and glassware. Microscopes are also housed in the laboratory for general cell studies. The Research Centre has a number of laminar air flow work stations and five walk-in controlled environment rooms. In addition, there are two additional cabinets dedicated to genetic transformation and specialist microscope work.

Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory

The Plant Molecular Biology laboratory is one of the larger laboratories, comprising three rooms, the first of which is a dedicated equipment room for the PCR equipment, hybridization and cross-linking ovens, computer-linked UV-VIS spectrophotometer and computers. The largest room is the main preparatory and working area for students, with minimal equipment, but containing the chemical shelves and weighing balances and fridges. Finally, the last room contains the fume-hoods and laminar flow bench, as well as the incubators, waterbaths, -70°C ultra-freezer and electrophoresis equipment.

Besides the laboratory itself, there is also a walk-in controlled environment growth room dedicated to molecular biology experiments, and a centrifuge room with a high-speed refrigerated centrifuge and ultra-centrifuge, as well as the UV transilluminator. The Gene Booster biolistics gun is housed in the Tissue Culture laboratory. The laboratory is also licensed to perform experiments involving radioactivity, such as radio-labelled DNA sequencing and differential display of mRNA.