Lilly Greenhouses and Plant Growth Facility

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The Lilly Greenhouses and Plant Growth Facility, located south of Lilly Hall of Life Science, serve as the primary greenhouse space available to the departments of Botany and Plant Pathology and Agronomy. The facilities consist of 57 individual greenhouse rooms totaling 53,960 square feet, a head house and rooms dedicated to growth chambers.

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Mike Woodard (Greenhouse Manager)

Jason Deitrich (Building Deputy)

Ron Steiner (Plant Growth Facilities Coordinator)
Controlled Environments

  Controlled Environments

Researchers who wish to study plant phenotypes under precise environmental control can grow their plants in greenhouses or climate-controlled chambers. These allow for uniform growth conditions that are difficult to replicate in the field so researchers have precise control over experimental variables. In 2016, imaging systems were installed to enable rapid, clear-cut measurements of plant traits such as size and color.

For even better data quality and higher capacity, a new Controlled Environments Phenotyping Facility is planned for 2017. At approximately 7,300 square feet, the state-of-the-art facility will draw on the University’s existing strengths, bringing together engineers who develop new sensor technologies with plant scientists looking to answer novel experimental questions. This facility will accommodate two large climate chambers, each containing conveyors and robots to move and care for plants. Growth areas are linked to a series of automated imaging stations that will also be accessible to image plants from any campus greenhouse or growth space.

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