Histology Platform

The Histology Platform of the Department of Biology provides support to UGent and external researchers who need technical assistance for histological and microscopic analysis of plant and animal tissues. Combined, the seven participating research entities offer a wide range of histological techniques including sample embedding (paraffin, Steedman’s wax, PEG, epoxy and acrylate), sample sectioning (rotation microtomy, cryotomy, sledge microtomy, vibration microtomy, ultramicrotomy), staining (FISH, (immuno)histochemistry) as well as confocal, light- and electron microscopic imaging (confocal, epifluorescence, DIC, phase-contrast, brightfield, transmission electron microscopy). Both ‘end-to-end’ as ‘do-it-yourself’ service is possible, depending on the lab and the technology.

1. Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology

Equipment

  • Histology: Microm HM360 rotary microtome, Leica UC6 ultramicrotome, Thermoscientific HM 650V vibratome, Jung Sledge microtome
  • Microscopy: Zeiss Axiovert 200M, Zeiss Axioplan 2, Nikon Ni-U, Nikon ECZ1 confocal microscope

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2. Research Group Mycology

Equipment

  • Histology: Microm HM360 rotary microtome, Thermoscientific HM 650V vibratome
  • Microscopy: Nikon Eclipse E600, Nikon Ni-U, microscope, Nikon SMZ800

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3. Research Group Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Equipment

  • Histology Equipment: Microm HM360 rotary microtome, Reichert Jung Ultracut E ultramicrotome, Shandon FSE cryotome, vibratome, Isomet Low speed diamond saw
  • Microscopy Equipment: Zeiss Imager Z1, Zeiss Axiozoom V16, Reichert Jung Polyvar MET, Motic EasyScan Infinity slide scanner

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4. Research Group Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates

Equipment

  • Histology Equipment: Microm HM360 rotary microtome, Reichert Jung polycut E, Leica TP1020 Histokinette, Metkon Geoform Thin sectioning and Grinder machine, Metkon Forcipol polisher, Metkon Forcimat specimen mover, Microm Cover-Tech CTM6 Coverslip machine, Leica SM2500
  • Microscopy Equipment: Reicher Jung Polyvar 6526-01, Olympus BX41TF, Olympus SZX7, Olympus SZX9

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5. Research Group Evolution and Optics of Nanostructure (EON)

Equipment

  • Histology Equipment: Leica UC-6 ultramicrotome, Leica EM TRIM2 block trimmer
  • Microscopy Equipment: Leica LED1000 optical microscope, M80 dissecting microscope, Hitachi FLEXSEM 1000-2 scanning electron microscope

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6. Nematology Research Unit

Equipment

  • Histology Equipment: Leica UC6 ultramicrotome, Reichert Jung Ultracut E ultramicrotome, Leica EM TRIM 1
  • Microscopy Equipment: Jeol JEM-1010 transmission electron microscope

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7. Laboratory for Aging Physiology and Molecular Evolution

Equipment

  • Microscopy Equipment: Nikon TiE-C2 confocal microscope

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