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Colony Picking

Hudson Robotics is a colony picking leader. The RapidPick family of instruments includes the RapidPick SP, the recently introduced single-pin colony picker, and the well-known 20-pin RapidPick colony picker. RapidPick technology uses a camera to capture a single image of the entire petri dish, omni-tray or segmented colony plate, and then uses advanced image analysis to allow users to create selection profiles, maybe to select the maximum number of bacterial colonies, or discriminate among them for favored traits. The RapidPick Harvester is used in the study of yeast and fungus. All of the Hudson’s bacterial colony picker technologies can fit in anaerobic chambers so they are ideal for microbiome research.

Product Highlights: Press the “Related Products” tab to see some of the ways in which these instruments have been automated to support specific applications and levels of throughput.

Synthetic Biology Pipeline

Colony Picking is a key part of the following Applications Pipelines that we support:


Pin-Based Picking – Colony Picking with the RapidPick Complete

This video shows the RapidPick in action which colonies to be picked are stored in a Liconic incubator.

In this video, the RapidPick is being used to pool several dye samples

This modified RapidPick system was designed to inoculate 2 different destination plates with each picked colony

The following video shows the single-pin picker (RapidPick SP) in action

Pipette-Based Picking – Fungal Picking on the RapidPick Harvester

Colonies can also be picked with the SOLO pipettor. This video shows fungal colonies being selected from a Petri dish with a single-channel SOLO

This video shows a fungal colony picking protocol using the RapidPick Harvester

This video demonstrates Calibration, Imaging, Selection and Collection of samples using a RapidPick Harvester from a Petri dish.