Why use Ropods

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  • ​Plants are grown and imaged within the same chamber, thus there is no mechanical stress during sample mounting and imaging

  • ​RoPods prevents samples from drying up during imaging allowing for long-term time-lapse series

  • ​Plant growth within RoPod requires very small volume of the medium, thus drug treatment will require  a small amount of compounds

  • ​The watertight RoPods allow drug treatment in chambers positioned vertically and horizontally. So you can shuttle your RoPod chambers from growth conditions to a microscope and back while the treatment is ongoing without stressing the plants.

  • ​RoPods allows multiple biological replicates being imaged simultaniously (up to 18 seedlings in a RoPod 5)

  • ​Plants are immobilized within the chamber, thus the same plant can be easily  tracked in a RoPod  in multiple imaging sessions

  • ​RoPods 4 and 5 have separators for each root to prevent crossing during growth and to make easier tracking biological replicates

  • RoPods cost almost nothing, they are printed using PETG plastic and 24x60mm microscopy coverglass (#1.5, i.e. 0.16-0.19 mm thick)

  • ​The glass is printed into the plastic and unlike commercially available chambers RoPods would never unglue apart in the middle of your experiment