On June 21, 2017 delegates from the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) toured the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC) in St. Louis.
Founded in 1998, the DDPSC is a world class facility home to 175 scientists and 20 Principal Investigators. Major research areas include:
The Center’s Plant Growth Facility (PGF) features over 80 environmentally controlled plant growth chambers and rooms, including 48 reach-in chambers and 36 walk-in rooms. Advanced control features include low and high temperature control (-10°C to 50°C), CO2 control (125 - 3000 ppm), high light intensity (up to 1100 µmoles/m2/sec) and spectral control using the latest LED technology. For an overview of the facility’s equipment, visit: http://pgf.danforthcenter.org/growth-chambers.html
The center also features a 750 sq. foot custom manufactured growth house with a multi-camera plant phenotyping system (see photo below):
The digital imaging system is fully automated and can perform high-throughput non-destructive image capture and multi-parametric analysis of up to 1,140 small-medium plants. The plants are carried by conveyor belts to 5 watering and weighing stations that deliver water and nutrients specified by the user. Learn more at: https://www.danforthcenter.org/scientists-research/core-technologies/phenotyping
The objective 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.