The function of KMFRI laboratory services include:- Provision of technical services in field and laboratory under various research programmes; collection, preservation, storage and analysis of samples; maintenance of laboratory records and processing of experimental data; basic maintenance of scientific equipment for training and supervision of students on attachment and internship; developing, validating and implementing standard operating procedures in specified laboratories; developing of appropriate specifications for laboratory chemicals and equipment; formulating laboratory quality control procedures; evaluating laboratory services; coordinating provision of services in a specialized laboratory; ensuring implementation of good laboratory practices; facilitating preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment; undertaking technical evaluation of quotations and tenders for laboratory supplies; and monitoring and evaluation of laboratory services.
Equipment Name: Dissecting microscope
Research scientists (Dr. Erick Ogello- seated) and technician (Mary Onduma- standing) observing live food (zooplankton) populations using the microscope. The microscope has enabled the station scientists and technicians to monitor zooplankton (i.e. rotifers, copepods and cladocerans) population dynamics, diversity and abundance. The live food has played greater role in the improvement of larviculture in the station.
Equipment Name: Spectrophotometer
Lab technologist, Mr. Joash Obura is in the process of analysing the plankton density of fish ponds using the spectrophotometer.
Equipment Name; Centrifuge
An intern (Mr. Lamark Omondi) harvesting algal cells from fish pond using placing the samples in the centrifuge for separation purposes.
Equipment Name; Water bottle sampler
An intern (Ms. Phelin Awuor) is sampling water from different depths using the water bottle sampler in fish pond for algal cell and chlorophyll analysis. This sampling device lowered in an open position until desired depth is achieved, then a messenger is slid down the line until it hits a trigger device on the bottle which causes the sampler to close automatically.
Equipment Name; Water quality Multiparameter (YSI)
Lab technologist Mr. Joash Obura, measuring pond water quality in situ. With the YSI multi-parameter, the researchers and technicians have been able to monitor water quality in all the ponds. Water quality is a major factor determining the production of fish.
Equipment name: Analytical balance
The analytical balance is being used to measure small quantities of samples for experiment and /or analysis. The technologists are taking weights of different feed samples for protein analysis during the testing of the Kjeldahl machine.
Instrument Name; Freezer
The above freezer is used to preserve samples
Instrument Name; Laser Film
The above equipment is used for making ice for preservation of samples in the laboratory
Instrument Name; freezer upright
The above equipment is used for preserving samples
Instrument Name; Oven
The above equipment is used for drying samples during experiments
Research scientist (Dr. Erick Ogello) conducting protein analysis for fish feed ingredients using Kjeldahl apparatus.
Equipment name; collapsible tank
The above tank is used as a nursery tank for nurturing catfish/tilapia fry before they are taken to the ponds or sold. The tank provides them with large surface area hence minimizing cannibalism