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Agricultural Research Service








Osperalycus tenerphagus

A New Mite, dubbed “The Buckeye Dragon Mite”, Osperalycus tenerphagus, “is the first species of this weird soil mite family to be described in over 40 years,”




The Electron and Confocal Microscope Unit provides collaborative assistance for BARC scientists to use high resolution imaging for their research programs. The ECM Unit is equipped with state of the art scanning and transmission electron microscopes and confocal microscope. All of the microscopes of the ECMU are now outfitted with digital cameras, eliminating the need for darkroom work and permitting any collaborating investigator to quickly use images generated to prepare figures for manuscripts and grants.


There is no charge to collaborating management units to work with the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit for short-term projects. However, scientists are expected to present samples ready for observation in the microscope and they must provide there own expendable items. For projects that might involve a long-term commitment or that might dominate the staff's time, then the ECMU will provide training and facilities for a member of the collaborator's staff. The Unit functions as a Beltsville Area core facility. Beltsville scientists who wish to use the Microscopes should contact:

Dr. Gary Bauchan:Director ECMU.
Specialist Scanning Electron Microscopy and Confocal Laser Microscopy; 301-504-6649 
Charles Murphy: Retired Specialist in transmission electron microscopy

Christopher Pooley:Specialist in digital imaging and computer techniques.  AM: 301-504-8377  PM: 301-504-9027

Last Modified: 10/28/2014
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