The Microcosms platform, available since spring 2014, comprises 12 custom-made identical and independent growth chambers. Each chamber allows for a variety of experimental systems and setups, including, but not limited to, populations of arthropods, plan-soil systems in small pots, and intact samples of ecosystems (monoliths). The growth chambers have a volume of 2m3 and a working area of 1m². One of their particularities is an external light compartment which permits the installation of various types of lamps (plasma lamps, modular spectrum LED lamps etc.) depending on the experimental requirementsThe chambers are able to condition the environment (T°C, HR%, CO2, 13C), while gas exchange measurements could also be done on the experimental units hosted in each chamber. This can be done either by using a customised photosynthesis chamber connected to a LiCor 6400 or by inserting the soil microcosms into 6 gas exchange chambers environmentally conditioned in an additional growth chamber and connected to various analysers.
- For more information on the experimental capabilities of the Mesocosms platform please download the technical data sheet here.
- Microcosms publications