Plant Growth Facility
Macquarie University has a modern and highly sophisticated plant growth facility. Built in 1999, the facility has the capacity for a wide range of research projects and is used for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in biology while also supporting national and international collaborative research.
The proximity of laboratories, equipment and growth facilities enables convenient analysis of plants from controlled environments on site. Soil and growth media are also prepared on site, avoiding transport issues.
Sixteen glasshouses are available for use and vary from 27-55 m2. Glasshouses are fitted with supplementary LED grow lights with blue and red spectrum required for photosynthesis. Most of the glasshouses are fitted with energy efficient water cooling and heating systems to achieve tight temperature control that is controlled and monitored remotely.
We also have sophisticated CO2 dosing and monitoring systems to achieve elevated CO2 levels in glasshouses for experiments looking the effect of CO2 on various plant species.
The PC2 glasshouse facility which can be used for containment purposes has certification for use with transformed plants.
We have fourteen most sophisticated and fully computerised Conviron growth cabinets. These cabinets are important in achieving tight and accurate environmental conditions such as temperature, light, humidity and CO2 concentrations required for a variety of experimental programmes. Cabinets are housed in a building adjacent to the glasshouses.
For general glasshouse enquiries please email the technical manager, Muhammad Masood
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