Dr. Ruthger van Zwieten – Amphasys AG (Switzerland)
The Ampha Z32, a one-of-a-kind high throughput instrument based on the Coulter counter principle, measures pollen cells in label-free fashion. Adapted by all major seed companies, it offers a great tool to analyze pollen viability, number, size, ploidy, and developmental stage. Since previous viability measurements with staining or germination media were quite cumbersome, the current technique offers unique insights in plant and pollen behavior/dynamics thanks to its high throughput capability and quick sample preparation. Many of our customers are now seeing gains in seed-set and quality
and experience a reduction in resources needed for their production processes. This seminar will focus on these pollen applications in the seed industry and the technology behind the instrument.