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Baruch Institute


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SCAEL Analytical Services & Resources

Analytical Services

We can perform a range of analytical services including nutrient, phytoplankton, and water quality analyses. For details and rates please and additional questions, please contact Dianne Greenfield or Chuck Keppler.

Phytoplankton Cultures

We maintain cultures for over 50 isolates. Species cover a broad taxonomic range, including diatoms, dinoflagellates, raphidophytes, prymnesiophytes, cryptophytes, cyanobacteria, and others. The majority of cultures represent local (primarily SC) isolates. Please feel free to contact us for more information about a particular species.

Facilities and Resources

The SCAEL includes laboratory space in both the Holllings Marine Laboratory (HML) and the Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI).  The program is fully equipped with standard laboratory equipment (laminar flow hoods, cold storage at 4, -20, and -80 oC, centrifuges, field gear, balances, incubators, distilled water, fume hoods, vacuum pumps, nitrogen dewars, pipets, etc.).  In addition, the SCAEL has the following:

  • Beckman-Coulter DU 800 spectrometer
  • 2 Agilent 1100 series HPLCs with software
  • PTC-100 programmable thermal controller
  • Cepheid Smart Cycle System
  • Standard fluoromaters and a Waltz PHYTO-PAM plankton analyzer
  • Shimadzu TOS-VCNS analyzer with ASI-V autosampler
  • VWR accu-sterilizer
  • Idexx quanti-tray sealer
  • Lachat Quick-Chem FIA+8000 series nutrient analyzer with ASX 500 autosampler
  • Nikon Eclipse TS100 inverted and 50i light microscopes equipped with imaging software and a Canon video camera.
  • A Synergy HT 384-well plate reader (Biotek) equipped with Gen 5 software
  • A robotic processor for 96-well plate sandwich hybridization assay (Saigene)
  • Standard light and dissecting microscopes

The SCAEL also has access to HML-shared micrscope facilites, which include a Nikon Eclipse TE2000-S™ inverted microscope, a Nikon Eclipse E600 light microscope, both outfitted with imaging capabilities and software, and a Leica Fluo-dissecting microscope.