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Institut Sophia Agrobiotech

Institut Sophia Agrobiotech

UMR INRA - Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis - Cnrs

Microscopy platform

Microscopy platform
The Microscopy Platform is part of Sophia Agrobiotech Institute (ISA) (Plant Health Pole-INRA PACA). It is a component of the platform Microscopy and Imaging of the Côte d'Azur (MICA), recognized by IBISA and of the platform Health Plants Biotic Interaction Collective scientific Tools (SPIBOC), recognized by CNOC. It is open for all members of ISA and for external users (public or private sector).


  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Organization of demonstrations of new equipment
  • Training sessions for students, technicians, engineers and researchers and support towards autonomy
  • Aid (assisted work) to observe samples and to interpret results
  • Update of methods and technology
  • Participation in scientific projects
Microscopy platform - illustration

Fields of expertise

  • Wide-field microscopy
  • Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM)
  • Basics of image manipulation
  • Microtomy for thin and thick tissue sections
  • Botanical histology and cytology
  • Histochemistry, Immunocytochemistry, In Situ Hybridization

Types of equipments

  • Microtome
  • Stereomicroscope
  • Digital microscope
  • Wide-field microscopes equipped for epifluorescence
  • Confocal laser scanning microscope


Conditions of use

For more information on the conditions of use we refer to the platform charter. For access to the platform users should read and sign this charter (only in french).

Networks and interactions


Platform staff:

Olivier Pierre

Tél. : +33 (0)4 92 38 64 58

Gilbert Engler

Tél. : +33 (0)4 92 38 64 45

E-mail platform:

Institut Sophia Agrobiotech
400, route des Chappes
BP 167
06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex

Scientific referent: Janice de Almeida-Engler (team IPN)

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