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Chemistry laboratories

Of the two analytical chemistry labs at IMBC, one is fully equipped to carry out measurements of organic carbon, chlorophyllous pigments, ATP and nutrients, using up-to-date instrumentation such as fluorometer, biocounter spectrophotometer, CHN analyser and a 5-Channel nutrients analyser.

The second analytical laboratory was specially designed to investigate marine pollution and environmental problems and contains the type of sensitive equipment needed for the accurate measuring of heavy metals, pesticides and hydrocarbons, including an atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, a High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph and a Gas Chromatograph.

Benthos Laboratories

The four benthos laboratories are equipped with the facilities for the processing of biological and sedimentological material: precision balances. stereoscopes and light micrsoscopes(with still and video facilitities); mechanical sieve shaker, a large water bath for pipette analysis, incinerator, oven. One laboratory contains the equipment needed for research on fish parasitology. There is also a standard conditioning room for physiology experiments.

Microbiology laboratory

The microbiology laboratory is equipped to a very high standard to undertake the analysis of marine waters, in particular those water samples taken under the regular monitoring programme for the Cretan coast - an obligatory part of the EC Bathing Waters Directive. The laboratory has all the equipment necessary (plating, incubation, sterilising) for the carrying out of specific analyses and identification of coliform bacteria, in particular faecal coliform, and streptococci strains. It is anticipated that this laboratory will play a crucial role over the next few years as a result of the expected expansion of the tourist industry in Crete.

 

 

 


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