The MicroRocker can function like a normal rocker, or as a temporary immersion system (or tissue culture bioreactor) by “half-rocking“. The vessels are filled with turface (or other gravel-like material) and 100mL of liquid media. When tilted, the plants are drained of liquid and the rocker pauses for a given time (ex. 30 minutes). It then rotates to be level, so the media immerses the plants, and pauses for another given interval (ex. 2 minutes).
Temporary Immersion Reimagined
How does it do temporary immersion?
Cannabis sativa grown in turface on MicroRocker.
Easy, Affordable Optimization Experiments
MicroRockers are compact, easy to set up, and affordable. This makes them perfect for experimental units for optimization experiments. Simple regression, or surface plots are easy.
An example simple regression experiment. Immersion time is set to 1 minute, and four MicroRockers are used with drain times set to 1, 10, 30, and 60 minutes.
An example factorial surface plot experiment. 16 rockers are used, with the two factors (immersion time, drain time) each set to 1, 10, 30, 60 minutes.
Low Cost Temporary Immersion
One MicroRocker costs $310 CAD, comes with 5 We-V vessels, 5 Photoblaster LED lights, and 5 Root Stands. One MicroRocker has room for about 50 plants. Compare that to other bioreactors and temporary immersion systems!
Easy on device programming
The following settings can be easily programmed using the LCD screen and buttons on the front of the machine.
- Rocking speed (min. 4 seconds, no maximum)
- Left Angle (max. 35 degrees)
- Right Angle (max. 35 degrees)
- Left Park (pause time once tilted to the left)
- Right Park (pause time once tilted to the right)
No mess, no fuss
Other tissue culture bioreactors require a mess of tubing, silicone, and micropore filters that can easily wear-out and contaminate cultures. Other bioreactors require that components be autoclaved separately and carefully assembled in a flow bench. Every tube and liquid port contributes to contamination risk. Programming on other systems is often tedious, and requires a pumps or compressed air cylinders.
Normal rocking is suitable for many plants. On a standard rocker, the vessels tilt evenly left and right (to 25-35 degrees) over a period of about 1 minute, with a very small amount of media (40-50mL for the We-V box). The MicroRocker can do that too!
|Materials||Aluminium Rails, Plastic|
|Power Draw||26W (without lights)|
|Max Angle||+/- 35 degrees|
|Max Speed||17.5 degrees/sec|