Conventional Light Microscopy
For general transmission light microscopy three research microscopes are available. Additional to non-confocal fluorescent microscopy, the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues of plants is an important research task. Histological stains like toluidine blue, safranin O, methylen blue / azur II of fixed and resin embedded plant tissue are readily achieved for routine tissue examination. For tissue specific labeling of fresh plant material (whole mount, hand or vibratome sections) stains like aniline blue (callose), phloroglucinol (lignin), Lugol´s solution (starch), Dichlorofluorescein acetate (ROS) or Nitro-Blue-Tetrazolium (superoxide) are used.
All microscope are equipped with dark filed, brightfield, differential interference contrast (DIC) phase contrast and a Zeiss digital camera system.
Zeiss Axio Imager M2 + Zeiss AxioCam MRc
Zeiss Axioskop + Zeiss AxioCam HRc
Zeiss Axiovert 135 + Zeiss AxioCam