The center diagnoses plant samples with problems caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, insect pests and mites, as well as nonpathogenic agents and weed identification.
Our lab focus is on Food Processing Validation tests, Shelf-Life studies, and Environmental monitoring. We also provide microbiology testing for support of HACCP and GMP plans.
The LSU AgCenter Biotechnology Laboratory (ABL) is a core facility that provides basic and applied research expertise to support researchers in the LSU system as well as those in other academic institutions and industry.
The Nematode Advisory Service provides the necessary service to correctly identify the problem and recommend the best methods of managing these pests.
The Protein Facility offers both large and small scale peptide synthesis utilizing Protein Technologies Symphony and Tribute peptide synthesizers, both performing Fmoc synthesis and on-instrument cleavage of the peptide from the resin.
The laboratory is equipped to provide both NIRS (near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy) and conventional wet chemistry testing. Samples can be analyzed for dry matter (DM), neutral detergent fiber (NDF), acid detergent fiber (ADF), crude protein (CP) and minerals (Ca, P, Mg, K, Cu, Zn, Mn). The standard procedure for samples received by the laboratory includes DM (oven dried) and CP, NDF, ADF and TDN (Total Digestible Nutrients) estimated with NIRS. Wet chemistry is performed on samples unsuitable for NIRS analyses. Additional analyses, such as in vitro true digestibility (IVTD) and soluble nitrogen concentration, are also performed for many research projects.
The Ag Chemistry Lab is part of the Department of Agricultural Chemistry. The lab provides analytical support for research and extension efforts of the LSU AgCenter as well as for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Analysis are performed on plant and animal tissues, soil, water, feeds, fertilizers, pesticides, agricultural chemicals and agricultural commodities. The laboratory will analyze these sample types for the general public for a fee.
The LSAM serves the needs of the citizens of Louisiana as a source of insect and related arthropod identifications and information. LSAM staff typically identify over 2000 specimens each year for the Cooperative Extension Service, branch research stations, other universities, museums and institutions, state and federal agencies, pest control operators, agricultural consultants, businesses, and the general public. Basic identification and diagnosis are provided for $20 per sample or submitted photograph(s) (multiple photos of the same species count as one). We emphasize non-plant-based arthropods, especially urban and public health arthropods. LSAM also cooperates with the Plant Diagnostic Center for plant-based arthropods.
The Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Laboratory offers a variety of soil, plant tissue and water tests to the general public and research community. With an integrated effort from both research and extension agronomists, the LSU AgCenter Soil Testing and Plant Laboratory is the only laboratory that incorporates latest Louisiana-specific soil fertility research in its recommendation system to help farmers to meet today's challenges in agricultural production.
The USDA Regulatory Permitting and Compliance Education Workshop is focused towards academia and public researchers who conduct, or anticipate conducting, agricultural research with regulated genetically engineered (GE) organisms. Others who may benefit by attending the workshop include graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, field managers, and institutional biosafety officers.
List of order forms: Contact Billing, Peptide Synthesis Request, Protein Expression Request, LSU Bio Analysis Request.
Our E. coli expression system results in the rapid and relatively inexpensive production of proteins.
Protein expression services: Tobacco Expression System, E. coli Expression System, and Insect Cell Expression System.
Instrumentation for the LSU AgCenter Biotechnology Lab (ABL): Fluorescence, Typhoon, Circular Dichroism, Peptide Synthesis, HPLC, Analytical Ultracentrifuge.
The LSU Protein Facility is a joint facility between LSU A&M and the LSU AgCenter. The facility occupies one lab in Choppin Hall and seven labs in Harry D. Wilson Laboratories. The Protein Facility is under the direction of Dr. Ted Gauthier and is staffed with two research associates, Dr. Dong Liu and Tamara Chouljenko.
LSU AgCenter Biotechnology Laboratory (ABL) is a core facility that provides basic and applied research expertise to support development of superior animals, crops and therapies that will enhance economic development in Louisiana. ABL fosters partnership among individual scientists, academic units, private companies and government agencies to create business opportunities that benefit Louisiana.
Provides a listing of ABL (LSU AgCenter Biotechnology Laboratory) personnel including titles and contact information.
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