Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Environmental Sample Processor (ESP)
ESP Glossary

A list of terms and acronyms associated with the ESP (Environmental Sample Processor), with links to additional information.

IG
first generation ESP
2G
second generation ESP
ASTEP
Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring the Planets—a solicitation by NASA for proposals
carousel
a rotating assembly of tubes which hold the pucks
C-MORE
Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education
DWSM
deep water sampling module
elastic tether assembly
an assembly of elastic lines between the mooring anchor and the ESP that protects the instrument from shock and vibration due to surges and currents. Illustration
ELISA
enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay—a rapid immunochemical test used to detect substances with antigenic properties (primarily proteins), bacterial antigens and antibodies, and other substances. For the process used in the ESP see here.
E/M cable
electro-mechanical cable connecting the moored instrument to the buoy for transmission of commands and data.
ESP
Environmental Sample Processor
filters or filter media
circles of special filter material, used as a substrate for printing probe arrays
HAB
harmful algal bloom
LLNL
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
NASA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NSF
National Science Foundation
PCR
polymerase chain reaction
qPCR
quantitative polymerase chain reaction
puck
an assembly that holds the filter media (probe arrays). See more information here.
reagents
chemicals used in the analytical process
rRNA
ribosomal RNA
RUBY script
software used on the ESP
SHA
sandwich hybridization assay. For the process used in the ESP see here.
SSU
small subunit—referring to the subunit of rRNA that the probe analyzes.
valve manifold
a block of multiple valves for controlling flow of liquids.
WHOI
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Last updated: Feb. 04, 2009