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Bio-analytical Research Facility

  • High performance Liquid Chromatography system (HPLC)
  • Prep-HPLC system with DAD and ELSD detection
  • Column chromatography facilities,
  • Flash Chromatography
  • Capillary Electrophoresis
  • Gas-Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry system
  • UV-spectrophotometer
  • Equipment for isolating and extracting bio-active molecules
    • (vibra-mixer, sonicator, ultra-centrifuge
    • sample concentrator, multi-tube vortexer),
  • Colour analysis facilities
    • (Hunter-Lab and Minolta Colorimeters)
  • Accelerated Solvent Extraction System,
  • 500 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resolution Resonance Facility
  • Quadrupole Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer,
  • Microtitre Plate Reader
  • Barricuand processing unit
  • High-pressure processing unit

 

Food Industry Development / Innovation Unit

Embraces large processing area plus

  • 2 incubation units
  • test kitchen and sensory kitchen / 8 sensory booths
  • Test bakery

 

Meat Industrial Development Unit

Embraces a veterinary approved abattoir;

  • boning halls, chillers, freezers
  • cooked meats facility with high and low care areas

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Food Chemistry and Technology

  • Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Near & Mid Infra-red Reflectance Spectroscopy

 

Mill room

  • Buhler mill
  • Labofix grain cleaner
  • Laboratory homogenizing unit
  • A range of laboratory scale mills

 

Dough rheology laboratory

  • Brabender moisture ovens
  • Flour analysis: Farinograph, extensograph, rapid visco analyser, lab on a chip Bioanalyser
  • Dough analysis: Rheofermentometer, fundamental rheometer, alveograph
  • Baked product analysis – C-Cell image analysis, tristmulus colourmeters, NIR, texture analyser

 

Genomics laboratory

  • equipment for DNA and RNA isolation and qualitative analysis,
  • realtime PCR, cDNA
  • microarray analysis,
  • chip-based capillary electrophoresis (Agilent 2100 Bioanalyser)

 

Proteomics laboratory

Instrumentation to analyse proteins and post mortem proteolysis patterns in relation to meat quality.

  • Ettan IPHphor 3 Isoelectric Focusing Unit,
  • Ettan Dalt Twelve system,
  • Protean plus Dodeca Cell and GS-800 Densitometer.

 

Food Safety – Microbiological

  • Class 2 Microbiology Laboratories
  • Class 3 Containment Laboratory
  • Molecular Microbiology Laboratory
  • Conventional and Real Time PCR
  • Pulsed field gel electrophoresis
  • Anaerobic and mixed atmosphere incubation cabinets
  • Bionumerics software
  • Risk modelling software
  • Immersed heating coil apparatus

 

Food Safety – Chemical Contaminants

  • Laboratories for veterinary drug and specified feed additive testing in foods of animal origin.
  • Quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometer (Q-ToF)
  • Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)
  • Surface plasmon resonance biosensor (SPR)
  • Gas chromatography- electron capture detector (GC-ECD)