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Facilities and services

The laboratory runs a range of centrally managed facilities and services. The links below provide information about the equipment and facilities and how to find out more.

Plant Growth Facilities

With 42 controlled environment rooms and 300m² of growing space under glass, the new Sainsbury Laboratory is well equipped to provide excellent growing facilities for pioneering plant science research.

Microscopy

The Sainsbury Laboratory hosts a state-of-the-art advanced imaging facility for scientists working on several aspects of plant developmental biology, including live imaging of developing plant tissues, and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy. The facility currently has four major instruments, two stereo-fluorescence microscopes and several dissecting microscopes.

Tissue Culture Rooms

The Sainsbury Laboratory has a range of tissue culture rooms and is collaborating with manufacturers on trialing the latest tissue culture facilities.

Level 2 Containment Facility

SLCU is equipped with a Level 2 Containment Laboratory and a Level 2 Containment controlled environment room (CER) to carry out research using licenced plant-pathogenic microorganisms.

Seed Store

The seed bank provides a controlled environment in which to store plants such as Arabidopsis for over 200 years, whilst still maintaining 85-95% viability.

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The Future of Sustainable Agriculture: Land Sharing or Land Sparing?

Apr 10, 2015

SLCU will host a panel discussion on evidence-based approaches to sustainability in agriculture.

March Outreach at SLCU

Apr 02, 2015

March 17 Science Festival Talk: Illuminating Life at the Single Cell Level

Feb 09, 2015

Ticketing is now open for Dr James Locke’s talk for the Cambridge Science Festival

New outreach materials available online!

Dec 01, 2014

SLCU is making some of its outreach materials available online after requests from teachers at the Big Biology Day

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