MCGES – Multichannel Gas Exchange System allows studies of metabolism and physiology of living organisms via measurements of gas exchange. Qubit Systems can provide Gas Exchange Systems customized to your specifications and needs, to study photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, N2-fixation and other processes.
MCGES-Multichannel Gas Exchange System may be controlled by the C950 Multichannel Gas Exchange Software to measure the flow of gases to the samples, through the sample chambers and to the gas analyzers. The C950 software controls all data acquisition from the sensors and analyzers, graphically displays the data and calculates gas exchange rates as required. Please Contact QUBIT with your specifications and we will design your gas exchange system.
In a MCGES the reference gas may be supplied to the system from an air pump or from compressed gas tanks or an air compressor. If several gas mixtures are to be used then a gas mixing system is included (G400). Gasses can be humidified and dehumidified using a humidity controller.
In a multichannel system the gas enters the flow controller where it is split between sample channels, the flow in each channel being controlled by needle valves and measured by separate mass flow monitor. Gas Flow Controllers are available for any number of channels in multiples of four (4 (G248), 8 (G245) channels etc).
Gas enters each sample chamber which may or may not be temperature controlled. The structure of the chamber will depend on the organism. At Qubit, we can build chambers to your specifications. The effluent gas from each chamber enters a Gas Switcher (4 channel - G243, 8 channel – G244) that selects one of the channels for analysis, and vents the others to the atmosphere. Alternatively, the gas flow through the non-selected channels may be stopped, sealing that channel.
Gas from the selected channel is analyzed by one or several analyzers that may be arranged in a series or in parallel. Qubit supplies a wide range of analyzers for measuring CO2, O2, water vapor, H2, CH4, N2O and other gases. Different analyzers are available across a wide range of gas concentrations and offer various features such as on board data acquisitions, rapid response times etc. We also offer gas conditioning columns, such as scrubbers for water and CO2 (A382).
Qubit Systems personnel have been designing gas exchange systems for over 30 years, and have published extensively on the physiology of respiration, photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation. We are committed to providing researchers with the most appropriate gas exchange system for a particular application at the best possible price, and we are always available to provide expert advice freely without obligation. Contact QUBIT for furhter information.
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