Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Craig Taylor, Ph.D.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Instrumentation for the in situ study of microbes & microbial activity
(in the marine environment)

Wednesday – May 30, 2007
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

Our laboratory has endeavored to design and build autonomous instrumentation to effect the measurement of or collection of samples for the in situ study of the metabolism, genomic properties and function of microbes in the marine environment.  Instrumentation to be discussed will be:  1) A number of versions of the Time Series-Submersible Incubation Device (TS-SID) an autonomous micro-laboratory that will conduct up to 48 in situ tracer incubations for up to a year, 2) the Autonomous Microbial Sampler (AMS) and a borehole analogue, the Downhole Sampler Incubator (DSI), devices for collection of uncontaminated and exogenous DNA-free microbial samples, and 3) a device that, with no moving parts, will permit the rapid fixation of filtered samples for subsequent phylogenetic (DNA) or functional (mRNA) molecular analyses.

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