This is the entry point for most plant and seed samples at the facility. It also serves as short-term storage for facility users. Two large ovens dry plant materials prior to grinding for DNA or biochemical analysis.
In this room, plant or seed materials are ground down into fine grain samples. Samples are then analyzed in campus labs using processes such as DNA extraction or nutrient analysis.
Threshing and Shelling
This unique facility streamlines small-plot seed processing. After grain is harvested by hand from the field, it must be threshed or shelled for research.
This room features 13 modular threshing and shelling stations that remove individual seeds from the plant for storage and further breeding or analysis. Meanwhile, crop residue and dust move outside through a conveyor system to a grinder. This room also features technology to measure individual seeds and sort them by shape and color.
Plant and Seed Analysis
Planting preparation and postharvest handling happen here. Researchers use equipment to count, weigh, and package seeds prior to planting.
After a crop is removed from the field or separated from the plant, it must be cleaned, stored, and packaged. Our researchers select and save the best seeds for the next growing season in Indiana and locations across the world.
Seed treatment prior to planting helps crops reach their full potential. This room is designed for Purdue researchers to explore different seed treatments in producing the most promising seeds for future application.
As the seed treatment industry continues to evolve, researchers will be able to test new chemicals and biologics at this facility using the latest technology.
This seed storage room offers short-term cold storage of seeds and plants. Once seeds have been dried and packaged, consistent temperatures and humidity levels contribute to increased longevity and quality. After processing is complete, seeds are planted or moved offsite into long-term storage. This room’s temperature is maintained at 4 degrees Celsius, equivalent to the average refrigerator.
In this large workspace, plant tissues from roots and leaves are sampled and measured to quantify physical and compositional traits such as nutrient status. Understanding the nutrient status of plants helps growers apply the right nutrient to the right crop at the right time. Plant processing room also features a root washing station, a commercial floral cooler, and a research-only ice machine to keep plant samples fresh until processing.
This is the back entry for researchers and students coming in from the field. This area features showers and lockers and is the designated storm shelter for the Agronomy Center for Research and Education research farm.
This covered, outdoor workspace is equipped with a root washing station, three threshing and shelling stations, and an area for grinding.
Phenomics Tool Development
This 5,000-sq. ft. high bay area is a large work space for sensor and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) development and is home to Purdue’s PhenoRover, a semi-automated mobile sensor platform that measures variation in crop performance.
This bay is ideal for working on equipment and features a 22-ft. clearance for large-scale field equipment and future expansion.
Phenomics Tool Development
With high-speed computing and six 4K Ultra-high-definition monitors, this room is perfect for analyzing field images taken by the PhenoRover and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Individual images are stitched together to measure variation in crop performance at the plant, plot, and field levels.
Data command can also be used as a classroom. The room offers 20 modular tables, projector screen, and six monitors with connection. To make a reservation through your Outlook calendar, invite ICSC1167datacommand@purdue.edu.
This room is home to many different types of phenotyping instruments and sensors used in the field. The room also features a 3D printer as well as 3D scanners. Pilots use the printer to fabricate new unmanned aerial system (UAS) parts, and the scanners can replicate an object before printing.
Researchers can modify a replica by changing its parameters or they can build something entirely new. The possibilities are endless!
AgReliant Genetics Collaboratory
This room is a welcoming breakroom and gathering place for field researchers and users of the Center to discuss project, grab lunch, and take a break from the heat.
Student Innovation Hub
This large workspace features six display monitors with connection and a modular layout for classes, training, and all kinds of collaboration. The room has 40 chairs with tables, as well as a projector and screen. Reservations can be made through your Outlook calendar by inviting ICSC1123@purdue.edu.
The Center has three conference rooms available to users of the facility. Two conference rooms are named in gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Stolz and ALMACO for their support of the Center.
The Stolz Conference Room has one table, four chairs, a phone, and a monitor with connection. To make a reservation through your Outlook calendar, invite ICSC1137@purdue.edu.
The ALMACO Conference Room and third conference room each have two tables, four chairs, and a phone. To make a reservation through your Outlook calendar, invite ICSC1129@purdue.edu or ICSC1131@purdue.edu.