Boreal Ecosystem Research Facility

Research Facility

Boreal Ecosystem Research Facility
Memorial University, Grenfell Campus
Corner Brook
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

The Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative (BERI) laboratories are a multidisciplinary research center located on the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). The purpose of the BERI labs is to facilitate multidisciplinary research in the areas of Boreal ecosystem, agriculture and environmental sciences relevant to the Atlantic region of Canada.  

The facility is divided into a suite of 4 laboratories (preprocess, extraction, molecular and analytical) that house a range of equipment relating to molecular, bio-chemical, imaging, organic inorganic and field (physical soil, air and water) analyses and techniques.

BERI welcomes collaborations or access to conduct agriculture, boreal ecosystem and environmental science based research. Such collaborators include those from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions both nationally and internationally that are using the facility to advance their various research programs.

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Engineering - Agricultural, Forest, Environmental, Mining, Mineral
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Marine/Ocean Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Agriculture, Animal Science and Food
  • Chemical Industries
  • Education
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Forestry and Forest-Based Industries
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals
  • Ocean Industries

Research Facility

Jamie Warren
Research Laboratory Coordinator
Tao Yuan
Research Laboratory Coordinator

Jamie Warrent
Research Laboratory Coordinator

Robert Scott

Industry Liaison Officer

Matt Grimes
Technology Commercialization Officer

Equipment 23 piece(s)

Droplet Digital PCR system

The QX200 Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR™) System from Bio-Rad is used for absolute quantification of target DNA or RNA molecules for EvaGreen or probe-based digital PCR applications. With no need for a calibration curve this system is ideal an accurate quantification of nucleic acids at low target concentrations in soil and water.


Real-Time PCR Detection System
CFX96 Touch

The Bio-Rad RT-q PCR uses real-time PCR to amplify and quantify the initial abundance of target DNA with accuracy and high sensitivity over a wide dynamic range. Real-time PCR/qPCR assays are used for rapid and sensitive determination and quantification of nucleic acid in various biological samples, with diverse applications such as measuring the abundance of Ammonium-Oxidizing bacteria in soils for nitrification purposes. Quantification of gene expression can also be completed by RT-qPCR by reverse transcribing RNA into cDNA to be measured.


NanoDrop fluorospectrometers
Thermo Fisher
2000 and 3300

Measure the concentration and purity (NanoDrop 2000) or selectively verify concentrations (NanoDrop 3300) of DNA, RNA, and protein in samples.


Gene Pulser Xcell™ Electroporation Systems
Gene Pulser Xcell™ Electroporation Systems

The Gene Pulser Xcell™ system is used for the transfection of every cell type. Electroporation using this system can be done for a variety of cell types and allows for efficient nucleic acid delivery. This system is integral in applications such as functional genomics, biochemical characterization, protein production and mutational analysis. 


Capillary Electroporesis system
QIAxcel advanced system

The QIAxcel Advanced System from Qiagen automates capillary electrophoresis at a high resolution and allows for the separation and analysis of DNA, RNA and proteins.


Acoustic Focusing Cytometer
Applied Biosystems by Life Technologies
Attune Acoustic Focusing Cytometer

The acoustic focusing cytometer uses ultrasonic waves to position cells into a single, focused line along the central axis of a capillary prior to the laser interrogation points for live/dead cell counting, cell sorting, biomarker detection and protein engineering.


Confocal Microscope

The oil immersion all-in-one automated microscope allows you to set, select and capture high-resolution images of your specimen. 


Media preparator
Mediaclave 10

To formulate and sterilize large batches of media in one step. 


MediaJet Petri dish filler

Fill, label and sterilize large batches of petri dishes  


Supercritical Fluid Extraction System

Waters' Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) Systems extract chemical compounds using supercritical carbon dioxide instead of an organic solvent. The supercritical fluid state occurs when a fluid is above its critical temperature (Tc) and critical pressure (Pc), when it is between the typical gas and liquid state. Manipulating the temperature and pressure of the fluid can solubilize the material of interest and selectively extract it. The sample is placed in an extraction vessel and pressurized with CO2 to dissolve the sample. Transferred to a fraction collector, the contents are depressurized and the CO2 loses its solvating power causing the desired material to precipitate. The condensed CO2 can be recycled.


Continuous Segmented Flow Analyzer

The SEAL Analytical AutoAnalyzer is used for testing the chemical properties of various substances, designed specifically for environmental sample analysis. It performs automated wet chemistry analysis using a special flow technique called segmented flow analysis (SFA). This machine is easy and rapid for environmental testing of common soil and water analytes including nitrite, nitrate and ammonia.


Flow Injection Analyzer
QuickChem 8500

Lachat’s QuikChem® 8500 Series 2 Flow Injection Analysis System features high sample throughput and simple but rapid method changeover. It maximizes productivity in determining ionic species in a variety of sample types, from sub-ppb to percent concentrations of soil and water anions like nitrate, nitrite and ammonia and cations including calcium and magnesium.


PerkinElmer CHNS Elemental Analyzer
Perkin Elmer
2400 Series II

The PerkinElmer 2400 Series II CHNS Elemental Analyzer is an organic elemental analyzer that facilitates the rapid determination of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur and oxygen content in organic and other types of materials. This is highly useful for the analysis and quantification of various macro-nutrients in soil to be used for agriculture.

DEENA Automated Block Digester
Thomas Cain - SEAL

DEENA II is an automated digestion system that fully automates the dispensing of reagents into test tubes, as well as the heating and cooling steps in the digestion process. 


Automated Kjeldahl digestor

To use automatic distillation for Kjeldahl nitrogen/protein, TKN, volatile acid/bases, ammonia nitrogen and more. 


Portable Photosynthesis System

LI-6400XT is used to measure the precise and accurate photosynthesis rate and CO2 gas exchange in plant leaves. LI-6400XT has the ability to measure the chlorophyll fluorescence and gas exchanges simultaneously over the same leaf area with fluorometer sensor head. LI-6400XT provides laboratory quality measurements of photosynthesis rate, transpirational rate, conductance of water and intercellular CO2 concentrations in the field grown crops by ensuring better control on environmental variables.


Automated Soil Gas Flux System

The LI-8100A (LI-COR) is an automated soil flux measurement system and is used to measure the soil CO2 fluxes with varying rates of emissions in different environments. Carbon dioxide flux is important for terrestrial C cycle and accurate estimates of CO2 fluxes are crucial for estimating C budgets in different environments. Automated LI-8100A chambers are designed to minimize perturbations to the surrounding environmental conditions and measurements artifacts the natural soil respiration. Both survey and long term chambers close automatically, eliminating variations caused by manual chamber placements, providing accurate and repeatable data on CO2 flux.


Portable Leaf Area Meter

The LI-3000C provides fast, non-destructive leaf area measurements in field grown crops. LI-3000C utilizes an electronic method of rectangular approximation providing 1 mm2 resolution. Leaf area, leaf length, average width, and maximum width are logged by the readout console as the scanning head is drawn over a leaf.


In-Situ Root Imager

CI-600 (CID Bio-Science) enables researchers to capture non-destructive, high resolution, digital images to observe the development and function of a plant’s root system. Root images are further analyzed by RootSnap software (CI-690 RootSnap) to study root development, architecture and root morphology over the period of time or whole growth period. Roots are mapped in a fraction of the time using the automated image analysis. RootSnap’s many features and the Snap-to-Root function can be used to monitor root growth, death and the occurrence of disease. More than a dozen parameters are calculated, including root length, area, volume, diameter, and angle of growth.


Chlorophyll Meter
Konica Minolta

Chlorophyll meter (SPAD-502Plus) is used to measure the chlorophyll contents in the growing plant leaves. SPAD-502 Plus provides fast and non-destructive chlorophyll measurements.


Thermo Scientific
i-Cap Q

For elemental analysis of various sample matrix such as  soil, water, ores, and biological samples.

Detection limit down to sub ppb level.


Thermo Scientific
Trace 1300 with TSQ8000 Triple Quadrupole

Analysis various organic compounds including pesticides, pollutants (PAHs, PCBs), fatty acid esters, hydrocarbons, etc.


Isotopic H2O Analyser

Measures water (H2O) isotopes in solids, liquids, and vapor

Equipped with a High precision vaporizer and an auto-sampler.

Date submitted: Tue, Jul 31, 2018 3:38 PM
Date updated: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 10:30 AM

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