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.
The confocal images can be analyzed and used for 3D reconstructions. For this purpose, we use the software Imaris (version 7.0, Bitplane, Zurich), installed on a HP xw6600 workstation, with 16 GB of virtual memory, 2 quad-core processors (each 2,5 GHz) and the graphic board ATI Radeon HD4870 X2. OS: Windows 7 x64
Growth chamber for plants
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.
GC-MS/ Liquid, Head-Space and SPME Autosampler
We established protocols for detection of microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) using Head-Space Solid Phase Microextraction (HS-SPME) strategies.