Department of Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602 South Africa
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Dept. of Botany & Zoology
Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1
Matieland 7602
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 808-3236
Fax: +27 21 808-2405




Laboratory facilities

  • Physiology teaching laboratory with associated glassware and chemical stores and a dedicated weighing room with wash up facilities. It is equipped with ovens, an ice maker, Sorval centrifuge, fume hoods and laminar flow facilities.

  • Teaching laboratories with compound- and stereo- microscopes, physiology apparatus, and teaching aids such as microscope slides, models, and preserved animals.

  • Anatomy laboratories equipped with tissues processor, tissues embedder, microtomes, and microscopy facilities, including fluorescene microscope. Certain microscopes have camera facilities (digital and film) and image analysis software.

  • Ecophysiology laboratory with full set of equipment for field work (infra red gas analysis, light meters, fluorescence, water potential, porometry).

  • Physiology laboratories with spectrophotometer, atomic absorption, protein plate reader, laminar flow, sterile facilities and ultra low freezers, autoclave, electro-physiological facilities and other equipment suited for tissue analysis (mineral; e.g. Kjeldahl) and enzymology.

  • Modern evolutionary genomics laboratory with full range of equipment associated with genomic work (e.g. PCR machines), sterile facilities, and high powered microscopes with software equipped for fluorescence microscopy.

  • Behavioural/chemical ecology lab with gas chromatograph used to separate individual compounds from complex mixtures. Fully equipped honeybee apiaries and laboratory for both field and laboratory behavioural observations.

  • Herpetology lab with full set of equipment for morphological, ecological and behavioural studies.

  • SPACE lab with ultra low temperature incubators, dataloggers, gas analyzers (for analysis of gas exchange), stereo microscopes, etc.

  • Ecotoxicology laboratory with refrigerated micro centrifuge, laminar flow cabinet, walk-in climate controlled room, incubators, chemical electronic balances, infrared moisture detector, sonycator, autoclave, high powered microscope equipped for fluorescence and interference microscopy, stereo and other light microscopes, digital video microscope camera and image analysis software for comet and other assays, microscope with built in digital camera, 35 mm analog microscope camera, electrophoresis equipment, Kjeldahl extraction apparatus.

  • Palaeontology lab for photography, mechanical- and acid preparation of fossils.

  • Separations laboratory: HPLC (with electrochemical, UV, radiochemical detectors and fraction collector), GC-MS, GC.

  • Radioactive laboratory for 14C and 3H work equipped with Packard scintillation counter and fume hood.

  • Radioactive laboratory for 32P work.

  • Plant biotechnology lab with full range of equipment associated with plant metabolism and genomic work (Sorval centrifuge, PCR, gel documentation, electrophoresis, spectrophotometer plate reader, spectrophotometer, fluorimeter, low pressure chromatography, speedvac, gene gun, laminar flow, sterile facilities, transgenic glasshouse).

  • Respiration laboratory for whole root and small tissue O2 and CO2 flux measurements.

  • Other equipment such as ovens, chemical balances, ice maker, centrifuges, pH meters, fume hoods and laminar flow facilities are also available.

  • The university has excellent central facilities for DNA sequencing, electron microscopy and chemical analyses.
Other facilities
  • Growth facilities: greenhouse (with temperature buffering); hardening room (tissue culture); transgenic greenhouse; growth room (800 µ,mol m-2 s-1 light); Convirons (2 plant growth and 2 seed germination); 2 Fisons (small plant growth chambers); low-light growth rooms (2).

  • Tissue culture rooms with sterile facilities (2 equipped with lights and 1 dark; temperature controlled).

  • Fresh water aquarium

  • Incubators and walk-in climate controlled rooms

  • Ethology room for behavioural studies.


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