Research-driven plant growth facility operating at the forefront of agricultural innovation
The Greenhouse Core Lab supports all plant-based research conducted at KAUST. The greenhouse is a 1600-square-meter facility that includes a head house and individually climate controlled growth rooms. The facility enables researchers to control and study plant growth using specialized growth rooms and innovative agricultural equipment.
This 1600-square-meter facility includes a head house, 18 individually controlled plant growth rooms, seed bank, bio chambers and other innovative agricultural equipment.
The Greenhouse includes 18 plant growth rooms. Each room has its own independent system for controlling temperature, irrigation, photoperiod, lighting and humidity, all of which are monitored through a central Argus control system. Lighting is controlled via motorized shades for attenuating sunlight and metal halide lamps for supplementing sunlight. The above cultivation factors can be controlled accurately in combination or separately. The greenhouse also supports experiments with special plant material such as genetically modified organisms and plant pathogens (virus, fungi, bacteria etc.)
The Greenhouse includes six bio chambers with independent controls for photoperiod, temperature, and humidity for conducting small experiments.
The seed conservation facility is aimed at preserving the seed stocks of plants undergoing study via KAUST research. The facility presently includes collections of barley, wheat, tomato, salicornia, arabidopsis, quinoa, thellungiella and nicotiana and is maintained at 4 degree C and 10% humidity.
The Greenhouse provides specialized equipment for plant research. This includes tools for stratification of seeds and vernalization of plants, facilities for salinity experiments, scanners for root and leaf morphology studies, leaf area meters, plant phenotyping tools, hydroponics, soil sterilizing tools, and other equipment necessary for the greenhouse operations.
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