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Key components of the research greenhouse complex include:

  • 24 greenhouse modules providing for separation of projects to reduce study conflicts. There are 12 modules at 24 ft x 18 ft, 12 modules at 24 ft x 25 ft.

  • Screened central intake plenums, framed glass, and concrete floors enable a high level of hygiene and pest/pathogen containment or exclusion.

  • Galvanized expanded metal benches with adjustable height assist in hygiene, disease control and research design flexibility.

  • Irrigation water, reverse osmosis water, and infrastructure for house fertilizer water provide for research design flexibility.

  • Computer control and monitoring Automated Logic greenhouse controls. Automated Logic enables history sample collection, monitoring of weather and module conditions, and assists control of variables. Each module has spare inputs and outputs for research design flexibility.

  • Heating and cooling is accomplished with automated plenum vents, unit heaters, exhaust fans, circulating fans, automated shade curtain and evaporative cooling pads.

  • Light can be manipulated with automated shade and HID growth light systems.

  • Research equipment can be connected to automated power outlets. In addition, each module has a compressed air line.

  • An automated emergency power backup system helps protect research during power outages.

  • A 5,000-sq-ft headhouse with over 4,000 assignable sq ft has 2 laboratories, a chemical mixing/storage room, 2 large areas for ancillary activities, and steam sterilization pasteurization equipment.