The Environmental Sample Processor Video
The MBARI Environmental Sample Processor—the ESP—provides on-site (in situ) collection and analysis of water samples from the subsurface ocean. The instrument is an electromechanical/fluidic system designed to collect discrete water samples, concentrate microorganisms or particles, and automate application of molecular probes which identify microorganisms and their gene products. The ESP also archives samples so that further analyses may be done after the instrument is recovered.
Special thanks to:
National Science Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation, Moore Foundation, NASA, National Oceanographic Partnership Program, Center for Microbial Oceanography