Dept. of Botany & Zoology
Private Bag X1
Tel: +27 21 808-3236
Fax: +27 21 808-2405
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.
with compound- and stereo- microscopes, physiology apparatus, and
teaching aids such as microscope slides, models, and preserved animals.
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.
laboratory with full set of equipment for field work (infra red gas
analysis, light meters, fluorescence, water potential, porometry).
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.
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.
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.
with full set of equipment for morphological, ecological and behavioural
SPACE lab with
ultra low temperature incubators, dataloggers, gas analyzers (for
analysis of gas exchange), stereo microscopes, etc.
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.
lab for photography, mechanical- and acid preparation of fossils.
laboratory: HPLC (with electrochemical, UV, radiochemical detectors
and fraction collector), GC-MS, GC.
for 14C and 3H work equipped with Packard scintillation counter and
for 32P work.
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).
laboratory for whole root and small tissue O2 and CO2 flux measurements.
such as ovens, chemical balances, ice maker, centrifuges, pH meters,
fume hoods and laminar flow facilities are also available.
has excellent central facilities for DNA sequencing, electron microscopy
and chemical analyses.
- 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.