Environmental Science Laboratory

Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba
What the facility does

Research on soils and plants, including modern and fossil plants (paleobotany)

Area(s) of Expertise

The environmental science laboratory has a range of analytical equipment available to determine the composition of soils, plant tissues, and water samples taken from the field. In addition, research on plant fossils (e.g., pollen and leaves) reconstructs ancient environments from Arctic and western Canada with a focus on Eocene and Pliocene epoch sites.

Research Services

Analysis of samples of water, soils, plants, and fossil pollen and leaves (palynology / paleobotany)

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Education
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Analytical suite

Leco TruSpec

Total N and Total C on solid samples

 

Shimadzu

Total N, organic C, and total C on aqueous samples

 

Astoria segmented flow spectrophotometer

Ionic species in solution, including orthophosphate, nitrate, and ammonium

 

Varian ICP OES

Concentration in solution of a wide range of metals and other elements

 

BioTek cell plate spectrophotometer

Protein concentration

Microscopy suite

Olympus MVX10 stereo-microscope with digital image capture

Microscopic examination of hand samples, e.g. seeds, leaves. Epifluoresence + image analysis.

 

Olympus BX51 Microscope , compound microscope with digital image capture

Microscopic examination of plant tissues and pollen samples prepared and mounted on glass slides. Epifluoresence + image analysis.