The function of KMFRI laboratory services include:- Provision of technical services in field and laboratory under various research programmes; collection, preservation, storage and analysis of samples; maintenance of laboratory records and processing of experimental data; basic maintenance of scientific equipment for training and supervision of students on attachment and internship; developing, validating and implementing standard operating procedures in specified laboratories; developing of appropriate specifications for laboratory chemicals and equipment; formulating laboratory quality control procedures; evaluating laboratory services; coordinating provision of services in a specialized laboratory; ensuring implementation of good laboratory practices; facilitating preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment; undertaking technical evaluation of quotations and tenders for laboratory supplies; and monitoring and evaluation of laboratory services.
The centrifuge is used for separation of fluids, liquids or gases based on their densities. It has inbuilt motors for anchoring /placing samples for analysis
The chest freezer is used for sample preservation at a set freezing temperature.
The upright freezer is used for sample preservation at a set freezing temperature
Ice marker is used to make ice cubes which is a medium used for preservation (keeping samples at chilled conditions).
Incubator is used to maintain microbiological cultures under optimal temperature, humidity as well as other conditions such as CO2 and O2 contents inside the incubator.
The oven is used for heating samples at a specified temperature
The instrument is configured to measure nutrients which include nitrates, phosphates and ammonia at different wave lengths based on light a substance absorbs.
VACUUM DRYING OVEN
The instrument is used for drying hygroscopic substances which are heat sensitive, based on the principle of creating a vacuum to decrease the pressure below the vapor pressure of water
Dissecting microscope is used to obtain three dimensional images a specimen which aids in determining the exact locations and functions of the objects.