Ampha Z40 - Pollen Analyzer
Amphasys’s Impedance Flow Cytometer for the analysis of pollen quality for:
- Increased yield in seed production
- Increased reliability in seed production
- Lower seed production costs
Knowledge about the performance of your genetics gives you the possibility to identify the best pollinator lines in an early stage, breed for higher heat resistance and optimize female to male ratios.
Benefits of the Ampha Z40
Universal: Measure Pollen of All Crops
The Ampha Z40 Pollen Analyzer allows to measure pollen of all relevant plant species ranging from vegetables and row crops to ornamentals and trees. Amphasys provides detailed application recommendations and support for more than 250 species.
Besides, pollen characterization the Ampha Z40 can also be used as an easy tool to determine pollen ploidy or the developmental stages of microspores. The identification of the right developmental stage for DH production, significantly increases the output of embryos and makes it more efficient.
Efficient: Acquire and Share Standardized Pollen Information from Breeding to Seed Production
The information provided by the Ampha Z40 can be used along all stages from early research in plant breeding up to commercial seed production:
- to improve doubled haploid (DH) plant production
- for line selection in breeding
- to optimize pollen storage, pollination protocols and female to male ratio
- for routine pollen quality control in commercial seed production
Full Flexibility: From Research to Routine
The Ampha Z40 is the high-end pollen analyzer which covers all requirements for research as well as for routine measurements. The possibility to adapt protocols and settings in a flexible way to match the requirements of specific research topics makes it an ideal tool for in-depth analyses:
- creation of own protocols
- manual gating strategies
- free variation of settings
- adaption of buffer solutions
Pollen Viability Analysis with the Ampha Z40 Pollen Analyzer
The Ampha Z40 Pollen Analyzer is the successor of the Ampha Z32, dedicated for pollen analysis:
- Pollen viability
- Pollen concentration
- Microspore developmental stages
- Pollen ploidy
The key features of this new device are:
New syringe pump: more precise volume control and higher concentration accuracy
Embedded PC with full software: no license purchase needed
Improved fluidic system: shorter measurement time and less chip clogging
The AmphaSoft software intuitively combines instrument operation and data acquisition, and analysis for routine viability monitoring.
Advanced features include:
- Flexible gate settings
- Overlays to compare measurements
- Data export in csv and html format
Consumables & Maintance
The newly developed microfluidic chips are available for small to very large pollen; up to 200 µm to cover the full range of pollen species and microspores. To find the right chip for your pollen application please consult our pollen analysis instructions.
Chips have a guaranteed lifetime of 1000 measurements.
Along with the instruments, Amphasys offers Support and Maintenance Plans for user assistance and annual instrument maintenance.
Support is unlimited and includes both technical support and application recommendations.
Annual maintenance includes a check-up of the device, (re-)training for new and existing users and an extended warranty.
Benefits of Pollen Analysis Along your Value Chain
The characterization of pollen cells and the determination of pollen quality generates highly valuable information about your genetics. It helps to speed up your plant breeding and makes seed production processes more efficient.
Identification of microspore developmental stage
Early prediction of embryo yield
Correlation of recalcitrant microspores with parental lines
Early selection of lines
Evaluation of heat stress and other abiotic effects on pollen
Optimiziation of female to male ratio
Correlation of pollen viability and seed set
Development of pollen storage protocol
Routine pollen quality control
Application of pollen dilution formulation
Ensure sufficient pollen quality before pollination
With the identification of the developmental stage of microspores you can select only these microspores which are appropriate for use for DH production. It is even possible to predict the yield of the embryos which turns your DH production much more efficient.
Pollen quality is an important parameter in plant breeding as it provides information about the impact of heat stress and other environmental effects on lines and allows an early elimination of bad pollinator lines.
In production research the Ampha Z40 is the tool to improve efficiency: with the optimization of the female to male ratio highly valuable space can be saved, the knowledge about the right pollen viability threshold helps to produce only the necessary amount of pollen and to develop pollen dilution formulations. Furthermore, the development of pollen storage protocols secures a permanent stock of high-quality pollen.
In seed production our technology allows to routinely check pollen quality and to prevent a loss of highly valuable pollen. This can be done to check if the pollen viability has still sufficient viability before harvesting or before using it for pollination. Especially if pollen is shipped between locations, the Amphasys technology secures a fast and accurate quality check before and after shipping – independent from the location.