A LED epifluorescence microscope with smart software to support department-wide research activities

15 December 2022 → 14 December 2024
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Ecophysiology and ecomorphology
    • Phytopathology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant protection
    • Crop science
    • Horticultural crop production
imaging epifluorescence microscopy
Project description

Conventional light microscopy remains one of the most widely used optical instruments in the sciences. Here, we apply for funding to obtain a versatile upright light microscope equipped with LED epifluorescence and transmitted illumination as well as optics that support brightfield, epifluorescence, dark field, differential interference contrast and crossed-polarised imaging. A high-resolution dual-mode (monochrome/colour) digital camera will allow clear observation with a high signal-to-noise ratio and ‘smart’ software permits (semi-)automated stitching, multichannel acquisition, and extended depth of field imaging. This setup will support ongoing and future research of the Department of Plants and Crops in the fields of phytopathology, plant ecophysiology, horticulture, crop protection, sustainable crop production,  agroecology, entomology and acarology.