Two important institutions are integrated in the Department of Environment & Biodiversity: the Botanical Garden & Herbarium and the Core Facility Electron Microscopy.
institution Botanical Garden & Herbarium
Botanical Garden & Herbarium
Plant collections are fundamental for research and education at a university. The botanical garden and the herbarium of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg are internationally recognized institutions. The botanical garden is focusing on exploration and knowledge transfer of living plant material, the herbaria as a documentary archive of herbarium records of angiosperms, mosses and lichens. The experimental garden and parts of the glasshouse provide possibilities for basic and applied research projects. The ornamental botanical garden offers the interested visitor an overview about general knowledge on plants and biodiversity. In the herbarium 100.000 herbarium sheets are stored, displaying the diversity of the flora of the Mediterranean, Central Europe and way beyond. The lager part of the herbarium vouchers is a documentary of botanical research projects of decades and are long-term available as archive for international research. The botanical garden’s educational program displays not only the flora of Austria but also the role of biodiversity for society for students and citizens.
institution Core Facility Electron Microscopy
Core Facility Electron Microscopy
Transmission Electron Microscopy: Analytical high-performance electron microscope Zeiss EM 910 LaB6 STEM with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, with Koehler illumination beam path, magnification-dependent setting of the condenser diaphragm (AIS) for homogeneous parallel illumination that is gentle on the specimen and includes an STEM detector. A 2K digital camera (Tröndle) is available for documentation. Scanning Electron Microscopy: The FEI ESEM XL30 is a scanning electron microscope with variable pressure control and X-ray microanalysis. It can be used in many ways in biological research. The maximum resolution of the device operated with a tungsten cathode is at 3.5nm. The acceleration voltage can be varied in the range of 0.2 – 30kV.