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28th August 2023  Content supplied by: INTEGRA Biosciences AG

Sowing the Seeds of the Future with VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 Pipettes

Agriculture has supported human development and expansion for thousands of years, but contemporary food production faces many challenges, including climate change, poor soil health and rapid population growth. The industry therefore relies heavily on scientific input to keep up with rising demand. California Seed and Plant (CSP) Labs has introduced VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 handheld electronic pipettes into its laboratory workflows to help cope with ever-increasing workloads, enhancing the throughput, precision and accuracy of its pathology and genetic testing processes to provide a reliable and rapid service to the agricultural sector.

CSP Labs is a leading private plant pathology and genetics testing laboratory, and carries out analyses for farmers, seed companies, nurseries and other businesses. The lab tests seed, plant and soil health, and also offers genotyping and genetic screening to support agricultural activities.

Agricultural testing with international reach
These versatile 24, 96 and 384-channel pipetting solutions – with interchangeable pipetting heads – have allowed the laboratory to keep up with significant increases in demand in recent years. The agricultural industry is always looking for ways to boost productivity and innovation, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on many laboratory testing services. As a result, CSP Labs has acquired a wide variety of customers and much larger testing volumes.

Enhancing productivity
INTEGRA’s pipettes have integrated seamlessly into all stages of the laboratory’s workflow – from sample preparation and nucleic acid extraction to PCR and ELISA testing – due to their ease of use and flexibility. Sereysimundy Chheo, a biologist at CSP Labs commented: “Both the VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 are easy to use, as the controls consist of a sensitive touch wheel mechanism, which feels very intuitive. The pipettes share the same standardized buttons and functions as the 8 channel and 16 channel VIAFLO electronic pipettes that we use in our lab, making it easy to switch back and forth between them.”

This simple, intuitive design allows the laboratory to perform complex workflows quickly and efficiently using the VIAFLO instruments.

A well-rounded service
Precision and accuracy are equally as vital as throughput in ensuring that the lab can keep up with increasing testing demands. The VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 pipettes not only boost productivity, but also ease the strain on lab personnel, while minimizing the risk of cross contamination and errors. In addition, VIAFLO pipettes are compatible with GRIPTIPS® pipette tips, offering a consistent tip seal to prevent tip loosening and enhance pipetting accuracy. Sereysimundy concluded: “We rely on the VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 instruments to ensure the speed, precision and accuracy of our results. INTEGRA also provides regular servicing, quick response times and great customer support in the rare event that anything goes wrong, so that we can keep providing reliable testing and maintain our reputation, customer relationships and trust.”

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