LEATHERHEAD, England, July 12, 2011 — Precision manufactured to be extremely flat (±15 μm across base), Krystal glass bottom microplates from Porvair Sciences Ltd. provide high performance for whole-plate CCD imaging and laser detection applications. Available in a choice of 24-, 96- and 384-well formats, the glass bottom microplates combine the benefits of the optical properties of glass — low background and low birefringence — with the versatility of a microplate. According to the company, they demonstrate higher performance than standard polystyrene plates for fluorescence assays, luminescence detection, scintillation counting and high-resolution microscopy using confocal imaging. The complete range of glass bottom microplates is available tissue culture-treated to optimize cell growth, or without surface modification. The high clarity bottom of each plate in the range offers the advantage of easy and exact positioning when used in combination with microscopes. Based upon a standard SBS/ANSI microplate format, the plates are fully compatible with automated liquid handling and robotic devices. All plates are supplied lidded.