Plant Production and Protection (P3) is a translational biology facility that works to solve some of the biggest problems in the global food and agriculture sector. The centre encompasses the breadth of plant and soil science expertise within the University of Sheffield, includes 24 different research groups and addresses several research themes, including:
The facility features state-of-the-art research equipment which includes advanced controlled environments. The plant growth chambers and rooms can accommodate a wide range of plant species and growing conditions as they are able to moderate a number of different variables such as temperature, humidity, light and also the carbon dioxide levels.
Growing crops in a controlled way enables researchers to study exactly what the impact on the plant would be under a particular environmental stress, pathogen stress or what might occur under different climate scenarios.
On July 25, 2018, P3 scientists from the University of Sheffield announced their findings on rice – which were published in the New Phytologist and conducted in collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. Rice is an important global crop, however almost half of global rice production derives from rain-fed agricultural systems where drought and high temperatures are predicted to become more frequent and damaging under climate change. Their findings indicated that rice plants engineered to have fewer stomata are more tolerant to drought and resilient to future climate change. See original story Rice with fewer stomata requires less water and is better suited for climate change
Take a tour around the P3 controlled environment facilities.
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.