e-Biome Research Lab Training and Services

e-Biome offers botanical and analytical testing services and lab rentals for life science businesses, entrepreneurs, and researchers. 

Scientist with Microscope

Basic Microscope Skills

You can learn about the theory, ergonomics, and real-world uses of microscopy in these fields in this course. Additionally, you get first-hand experience using the stereoscope and compound microscope to focus, examine, and prepare wet mount slides for examination. Staining methods, archiving of microscopic pictures, and fundamental equipment upkeep are all covered in the course.

Topics Include

  1. Operation, maintenance, and calibration of microscope

  2. Slide preparation

  3. Documentation of microscopic images

  4. Establishing botanical identity with microscopy

Testing Moisture Content, pH, and Water Activity in Food

Test specific foods, beverages, and dietary supplements for pH, acidity, water activity, and moisture content to hone your analytical skills. Learn about the value of lab analysis as one of the methods used by businesses to assess the shelf life of their products, enhance their flavor and texture, and satisfy regulatory requirements. Students will have the opportunity to put theory into practice in the hands-on lab portion of the course after an overview of fundamental food science, quality control concepts, and typical risks involved with food preparation.

Topics Include

  1. Food safety principles

  2. Quality assurance of foods and beverages

  3. Shelf stability

  4. pH and acidity

  5. Moisture content and water activity

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Aloe Vera

Phytochemistry: Actions and Applications

To make the most potent herbal remedies, it helps to understand the chemical makeup of plants. The nomenclature used in this introduction to botanical components is straightforward and approachable. The best ways to extract, transport, and preserve these compounds will be covered, along with information on polysaccharides, polyphenols, phytoestrogens, alkaloids, tannins, resins, and volatile oils. Anyone interested in the science of plant medicine will gain a better understanding of how the components of frequently used botanicals affect human health and physiology from taking this course.

Topics Include

  1. Definition and explanation of polysaccharides, polyphenols, phytoestrogens, alkaloids, tannins, resins, and volatile oils

  2. Categories of constituents commonly shared by plants within a genus or family

  3. Solubility and stability of basic phytochemicals 

  4. How constituents interact in herbal formulas

  5. Optimal methods for preparing complex botanicals

  6. Common mistakes and tips for the trade