Studying Epiphyte Contribution to Global Transpiration in Controlled Environments at University College Dublin
Dr. Sven P. Batke, IRC Research Fellow at the School of Biology and Environmental Science is utilising University College Dublin's plant growth chambers and plant sensory technologies to test how environmental variables such as temperature, light and CO2 impact the transpiration of tropical epiphytic plants. Below are several photos of epiphytes in growth chambers being exposed to different climate regimes as well as sensory devices used for the research investigation:
The first multiple chamber phytotron of Frits Went was introduced in the 1940s (1). While plant growth chamber technology has changed since these early days, the need for this research equipment has not. Today plant growth chambers are an indispensable tool used around the world as they continue to offer distinct advantages over greenhouses or fields. Chief among these advantages is reproducibility. As an agricultural scientist, reproducibility is critical to enable the research process, conduct experimentation, gather empirical data, test hypotheses, and formulate conclusions. With a high degree of reproducibility scientists in one part of the world can validate (or falsify) the findings of other scientists and drive the discovery process.
Alterations in rice chloroplast integrity, photosynthesis and metabolome associated with pathogenesis of Rhizoctonia solani
The purpose of this blog is to provide insight on 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.