Plant Science

and Ecology

Research topics include the study of plant structure, growth and differentiation, reproduction, biochemistry and primary metabolism, development, diseases and evolutionary relationships, plant taxonomy, as well as the study of interactions among organisms and their environment.

Revealing metabolic processes within plants is possible by quantifying the imposed isotopic signature. Under controlled conditions in a laboratory plant chamber, environmental parameters such as temperature, air humidity, soil moisture and light intensity can be varied, and the isotopic signature quantified. Studying these processes allows to partition CO2 fluxes in and out of ecosystems and ultimately leads to a better understanding of plant life.

The Thermo Scientific™ Delta Ray™ and Delta Ray Connect™, Isotope Ratio Infrared Spectrometry products are very powerful for this application, being able to measure the CO2 content and its 13C and 18O isotope composition in ambient air.

The Delta Ray Connect allows you to easily interface with samples available in amounts as little as 80 μg of CO2, such as in vials, syringes or bags and then to be analyzed in the analyzer.