In this section
Laboratories & diagnostics
- Beever Plant Pathogen Containment Facility
- Contaminated land assessment
- Ecological genetics laboratory
- Environmental chemistry laboratory
- Fungi & micro-organism diagnostic services
- Invertebrate transitional and containment facility
- Soil physics laboratory
- Toxicology laboratory
The laboratory offers a range of commercial DNA services, along with undertaking fundamental research projects.
Facilities and equipment
The Ecological Genetics Laboratory has a range of the latest equipment for high-throughput analyses.
Our primary piece of equipment is an Applied Biosystems 3100-Avant Genetic Analyzer, on which we perform DNA sequencing and genotyping. It is located in its own temperature-controlled room.
We also have three Applied Biosystems 9700 96 well-plate PCR machines, and a Corbett RG-6000 realtime (quantitative) PCR machine.
The laboratory is PC2 accredited and is kept under negative pressure to contain all airborne materials in the lab. All air exiting the lab is filtered.
All PCR setup and bacterial and fungal culturing is done in the two sterile-air laminar-flow cabinets.
Cell culture suite
Located in its own room within the lab is the dedicated cell culture suite. This room has a CO2 incubator for cultivation of mammalian cells, a class II biological safety cabinet, an inverted microscope with digital camera, a fridge/freezer, water bath, storage cabinet, and dedicated lab coats and disposable shoe coverings to ensure sterility.