Modern image capture techniques allow our scientists to undertake research down to the atomic scale.
Our scientists use software analysis to better understand what happens at the micro, nano, molecular and atomic scales. We have both on-site resources and access to larger equipment through collaborative agreements.
Plant & Food Research is a foundation member with an ownership interest in the Australian Synchrotron at Monash University in Melbourne. This provides our scientists with preferential access to this multi-million dollar facility that is offering new insight into material structures and biological functions.
Plant & Food Research has an ownership interest in a confocal microscope at Canterbury University. It can be used to capture a series of planes at different depths, from which three-dimensional images can be produced.
Atomic Force Microscope
We have access to atomic force microscopes through our relationships with The University of Auckland and Massey University.
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
Our Scanning Electron Microscope is capable of magnifications from x10 to x100,000 and can observe frozen samples (Cryo-SEM) and wet samples at 100% humidity (Environmental–SEM). Images are digitally recorded as photographs or video.
Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
The Transmission Electron Microscope at Plant & Food Research is capable of magnification up to x106. Images are collected either directly using photographic film or by imaging a phosphorescent screen.
Plant & Food Research has conventional light microscopes, including several capable of wide-field fluorescence techniques.
In addition, we have skilled scientific photographers using leading edge cameras with high resolution (12.2 megapixels) and excellent definition (16 bit).