Plant Science growth facility revamp

Our technical team continues to make great strides towards reducing the university’s CO2 emissions in the Plant Science department.

Craig Carr has again secured funding from the UofG Salix Energy Efficiency Fund for an urgent update of the plant growth facilities in the Stevenson Annex of the Bower Building. This brings his running total of Salix funding alone to £440K+ in just 5 years!

Three new state-of-the-art reach-in environmental chambers will replace two malfunctioning, energy intensive walk-in chambers. They will improve energy efficiency by updating lighting and climate control technologies, substantially reducing the carbon footprint of our research. In addition, they will offer greater flexibility for accommodating work with microalgae and larger crop plants. The tender is currently in the public domain and project delivery is expected late spring 2021.

In addition, Dr. Mary Ann Madsen has won a Weiss Technik Ltd competition for a 1-year contract of a Fitotron SGC 123 growth chamber. The unit will be tailored to her specifications, fully serviced and commissioned, and equipped with camera and advanced software for remote monitoring and control. As part of their marketing campaign, Weiss Technik will highlight the exciting work of Prof. Anna Amtmann’s laboratory to develop photosynthetic bacteria as a chassis for green biotechnology.

A scientist looking at test tubes in the lab

First published: 1 December 2020

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