CAT-AgroFood recently invested in new research equipment, which will be installed at the beginning of 2013. Like the rest of the CAT-AgroFood facilities, this equipment will be available for all interested researchers, also from outside Wageningen UR.
Here is a short overview of the equipment that will shortly be available:
The PamStation uses arrays to monitor the activities of kinases and co-regulators during gene expression via nuclear receptors. This technique can be used for a wide range of applications, enabling researchers to study these activities and their biological effects. The technology is unique and will be a great asset for research into food safety, toxicology, agri-biotechnology, molecular biology, epigenetics and systems biology.
Spinning disk confocal microscope
The spinning disk confocal microscope is used for fluorescence microscopy on biological samples, whereby the fluorescent signal in dynamic living cells and tissues can be monitored for longer periods without damaging the sample. This new microscope will be added to the current collection of microscopes at CAT-AgroFood and the Wageningen Light Microscopy Centre (WLMC), making spinning disk technology accessible to a large number of users. The new investment can also be used for non-biological samples.
X-Ray computed Tomography (XRT)
XRT is a technique to measure non-destructively the three-dimensional structure of an object. It is based on internal density differences. The equipment can measure with a spatial resolution better than one micrometer. It can be very well used to characterise the three-dimensional structure of all kinds of subjects like food products, plants, roots, seeds, wood, paper, rocks, soil, etc..