What is a CO2 Incubator?

For most people, the word “incubator” conjures up Plexiglas boxes used in hospitals to hold premature babies. But in science, incubators serve another purpose. They are used to grow bacteria, micro-organisms or cell cultures. The incubator maintains optimal temperature, humidity and gas levels, typically oxygen and carbon dioxide.

For example, human cells are commonly grown and maintained at 37 degrees Celsius in an atmosphere of >95% humidity and 5% carbon dioxide. Other organisms require different environments.

Incubators come in varying sizes, from a few cubic feet to room-sized units. But all incubators share the ability to precisely control the environment throughout the entire interior of the cabinet. This is critical for both scientific experiments, and to maximize yield.

At CO2Meter.com, our line of Senseair K33 and GSS COZIR Wide Range sensors can be effectively used in incubators. Their combination of value, speed and accuracy - and the ability to measure up to 30% CO2 levels - makes them a good fit for biological incubators.

In addition, working with biological incubators means labs store and use compressed CO2 gas cylinders. To protect employees, we recommend companies use our iSense Remote CO2 Storage Safety Alarm.

Posted by CO2 Meter on October 05, 2012.
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