Setting up a microbiological laboratory

Essential requirements:

  • A room or area preferably isolated from the winery
  • Source of water, electricity and gas
  • Smooth easily cleaned benches and floor
  • Vibration free benchtop for microscopy
  • Dust free cabinet for glassware storage

Essential equipment:

  • Microscope, preferably with phase contrast
  • Bunsen burner
  • Incubator
  • Inoculating loops
  • Steriliser for sterilising media and glassware (a pressure cooker will suffice)
  • Benchtop centrifuge
  • Glassware, pipettes, petri plates

…and if you are going to make up agar plates rather than buy them:

  • Top loading balance
  • Waterbath for heating sterilised agar prior to pouring plates