Laboratories

Since the beginning of 2018, the Artigas Antarctic Scientific Base (BCAA) has had two modules devoted exclusively to scientific activities. The first of them has three laboratories (Humid, Physicochemical of shared use and Microbiology and Molecular Biology) and a multipurpose office with desktop equipment, totaling 80m 2 . The second consists of an 18.6m 2 warehouse to house the field work materials, and a table with a sink to be able to carry out the first treatment of “dirty” samples if required.

The Humid Laboratory (HUM), is mainly destined to the work of samples with water. The area has a direct entrance from the outside for the entrance of samples and stainless steel countertops, with simple pool and deep pools. In this room are placed the scales and other basic laboratory equipment (pumps, distiller, autoclave, among others). See the catalogue of equipment available in the BCAA.

The Physicochemical Laboratory of shared use (FQC), also has stainless steel tables, with a simple deep pool. The area is destined to the work with dry samples, having there scientific equipment such as the centrifuge, spectrophotometer and analytical balance, among others.

The Microbiology and Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBM) has a stainless steel table with a simple deep sink. There is a small darkroom inside, which can be used for different applications.

The office of common use is destined mainly to the meetings of scientific coordination, being able to be used transitorily for reading and work with computers.

In order to achieve an efficient use of the facilities and taking into account the diversity of projects developed there, a GENERAL PROTOCOL FOR THE USE OF THE LABORATORY has been elaborated, with the objective of systematizing its use and conditioning.

On the other hand, taking into account the geographical characteristics where the laboratory is installed, and with the objective of maintaining the facilities in an adequate manner during the winter, the LABORATORY MAINTENANCE PROTOCOL was elaborated.

There is also a protocol of incidents/accidents, which establishes the systematic recording of such situations, with the aim of learning and adjusting criteria among those involved.