Astrobotany FlashLapse

FlashLapse is a time lapse plant imaging system developed by Xinyu Miao and Dr. Richard Barker at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The FlashLapse system is a plant growth chamber that allows for high definition time lapse photography of the plants.  Lighting and motor movement can be controlled using this device, making it an invaluable tool for plant researchers, especially those doing gravitropism assays.

We’re changing the way students learn and the way scientific research is performed.

The team at astrobotany.com is here to take full advantage of all of the opportunities this era of technology provides.  This includes interdisciplinary learning styles, open source learning materials, and promotion of the FlashLapse system.

Open Source FlashLapse User Protocols

Gravitropic Assay Protocol 

astrobotany flashlapse protocol

FlashLapse Protocol V2

RootTrace Analysis Protocol (Image Analysis)

RootTrace is a software used by astrobotany researchers to analyze root length and curvature for gravitropic assays (experiments that simulate components of microgravity).  This invaluable tool provides a way to quantify data taken from these experiments.

Molecular Biology Resources

Dr. Richard Barker has compiled a list of resources relevant to classrooms and molecular biologists.  If you are following FlashLapse protocol for a gravitropic assay, many of these resources will come in handy.