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Microscopy Facilities
at the University of California, Berkeley

There are three core laboratories on campus that offer expertise, instruction, and instrumentation in optical microscopy for research.


Plant & Animal Microtechnique will be offered June 2014. If you are interested in taking this workshop please sent Steve an email.

This image of the month shows a fern sorus, or grouping of sporangia, arising from the abaxial surface of the Polypodium fern. The individual sporangia and associated paraphyses are visible arising from the large receptacle. This sample was fixed in FAA, infiltrated and embedded in paraffin, sectioned at 8m, and stained with Safranin and Orange G ("Sharman's" stain series). The tapetum and sporogenous tissue also can be seen within individual sporangia.
Preparations like this can be made in the BIF course: Plant & Animal Microtechnique.

The Biological Imaging Facility is a core microscope imaging lab at the University of California, Berkeley.
The BIF specializes in Widefield, Confocal, and Deconvolutuion microscopy of fluorescent samples.

Past IOMs
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Wed, Apr 9, 2014