The facility operates under the strategy of integrated pest management (IPM) which focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. To maintain ideal conditions, facility staff utilize the Argus climate control system which monitors all rooms and automatically adjusts temperature and sun exposure based on desired levels.
Maintaining such an operation is literally a full-time job. The facility is staffed by just three people and at least one staff person must be present in the facility every day of the year to ensure plants receive the necessary daily care needed to be reliable subjects for the institute’s 15 research labs.
The opportunity to have this amazing facility connected to the institute makes it an essential component of BTI’s mission to make scientific discoveries that support agriculture, the environment, and human health.
The purpose of this blog is to provide insight into the technologies associated with plant growth chambers around the world by showcasing their usage in universities, institutes and other research centers of excellence.
The blog draws upon the work of clients and other users of controlled environment equipment, Conviron subject matter experts and Conviron’s long history as the world’s leading manufacturer of controlled environments.