We are equipped with a Leica TCS SPE laser scanning confocal microscope, able to sequentially analyze up to 8 channels for fluorescent light plus one transmitted-light channel. The microscope includes also a Leica DFC360FX camera for recording non-confocal, filter based fluorescent light.
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The confocal images can be analyzed and used for 3D reconstructions. For this purpose, we use the software Imaris (version 7.3, Bitplane, Zürich).
We establish model systems for studying plant-associated bacteria and fungi, their beneficial effects on the plant growth and their efficiency in the biocontrol of plant pathogens.
With the GC-MS System from the company Agilent, equipped with the PAL-System the analysis of liquid, volatile and gaseous samples is possible.
For the detection of microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) we use the method of Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME).