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Technical Specifications

The greenhouse facility comprises:

  • 16 greenhouse zones measuring 40' x 40'
  • 3 containment greenhouse zones measuring 20' x 20'
  • 3 containment greenhouse zones measuring 10' x 20'
  • 4 96-square-foot controlled-environment chambers
  • 10 15-square-foot controlled-environment chambers
  • 2 general laboratories
  • Plant preparation area
  • Pesticide storage and mixing area
  • Cold storage area
  • Each greenhouse zone is an individual controlled environment having floor and overhead heating, fan ventilation, supplemental lighting, automatic irrigation, shade screening and humidity control.
  • The maximum achievable consistent temperature in the greenhouse during the coldest winter months is 75°F (24°C). The maximum consistent cooling during the hottest summer months is outside ambient temperature. On low humidity summer days a 4°F drop below outside ambient temperature is possible.
  • The environment in each greenhouse zone is computer controlled and records of environmental conditions are maintained for further analysis.
  • The six containment zones provide level #1 containment for advanced research and engineering.
  • The 14 growth chambers provide complete environmental control. Some of the chambers can provide temperatures as low as 10 centigrade and light levels as high as 800 umol . s-1 m-2. The growth chambers are located in the headhouse and are rented out on a monthly basis.