Protos 3

Protos 3 is a revolutionary automated colony counter and chromogenic identification system. Using its sensitive CCD camera and unique lighting coupled with powerful analysis software, Protos 3 counts colonies in seconds and automatically identifies microbial species by their colour on chromogenic plates. This provides accurate, objective and fully traceable results.

The compact Protos 3 attaches via USB to a computer, where microbiologists can input their plate identification and with the one-click colony counting and chromogenic ID software can rapidly analyse a wide range of plate types. The count results can be automatically transferred to Excel where the count, plate ID and images can be saved. This GLP compliant process, with its full audit trail eliminates transcription errors to provide accurate, objective data, which can be reviewed at any time and used to produce professional reports.

Protos 3 can be used with both small and large plates (up to 150mm) to read a range of format types including spiral, pour, spread and dilution series plates. The system’s camera is so sensitive it can routinely detect colonies as small as 43 microns and the unique LED lighting system and Protos 3 software allows analysis of an infinite number of colonies on one plate in seconds, making this an ideal system for use in busy food and environmental microbiology laboratories.

For more information about why to buy, applications and specifications visit the Synbiosis website.

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Dr. Barry Bochner to visit New Zealand

AS1 is pleased to announce, Dr. Barry Bochner will be presenting in New Zealand. Read his Biography and Presenting Schedule and contact Anna if you are interested in attending.

TITLE:  Phenotype MicroArrays: An Overview of the Technology and Applications

PRESENTER:  Barry R. Bochner, Ph.D., CEO & CSO, Biolog, Inc., Hayward, CA  Biography and New Zealand Presenting Schedule

Phenotype MicroArray (PM) technology allows a biologist to test thousands of phenotypes of a cell line in a single experiment, to gain a comprehensive overview of the metabolism, physiology, and pathway fluxes.It provides phenomic and metabolomic information that is complementary to genomic or proteomic analysis and often more easy to interpret and more useful.The PM technology platform is applicable to a wide range of cells including bacterial, fungal, or animal and enables metabolic analysis in the context of genotype-phenotype studies.  For example, it can be used for (1) analyzing cells with mutations to determine the metabolic and physiologic effects of genetic differences, (2) studying and defining cell metabolism and metabolic regulation, (3) understanding the interplay of environment and hormonal signals on cell metabolism and physiology, (4) optimizing cell culture conditions, and (5) looking at the effects of drugs and other chemicals on cellular pathways.  For microbial cells, recent work has demonstrated the utility of the technology for determining culture conditions that turn on and turn off production of toxins and other secondary metabolites that microbes can produce.  The technology also has many applications with human cells, including the assay of the effects of microbial toxins.  Specific examples and discoveries will be presented to illustrate the many uses of PM technology.