Plant Agriculture Growth Facilities

Overview

Image: Growth cabinetThe Growth Facilities provide physical and limited technical support to researchers and instructors in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the Guelph campus. The Department has extensive, state of the art growth facilities in two locations at the University of Guelph, namely the E.C. Bovey Building and the Crop Science Building.

In Bovey, there is a 3,000 m2 greenhouse complex divided over 28 different zones as well as 35 growth chambers. In the Crop Science, there is an 800 m2 transgenic (PNT-level2) greenhouse divided over 16 different zones, 1,000 m2  of growth room space divided into 11 growth rooms and 50 growth chambers. The operation runs year-round and is run by a team of 5 part-time technicians.

To use the Growth Facilities in Plant Agriculture you are required to submit a Growth Space Request Form. Follow this link for details about submitting a Growth Space Request.

Note: Space can be rented to users outside the Department of Plant Agriculture, including those external to the University, depending on space availability.

Growth Facility Contacts

Crop Science Building
Sue Couling
Ext. 52476
CRSC Rm 135
Bovey Building
Ron Dutton
Ext. 52788
HHGH Rm 1516

 

The following table summarizes the greenhouse & growth chamber units available within the Plant Agriculture Growth Facilities:

Facility

Bench
Size (m2)

No. of Benches/room

No. of rooms

Crop Science Building

     
Small Growth Cabinet
Medium Growth Cabinet
Large Growth Cabinet
0.75
1.5
3.3
1
1
1
18
12
20
Growth Room #1-5
Growth Room #6- 9
Growth Room #10-11
13.4
8.4
8.4
5
3
2
5
4
2
Greenhouse1
Greenhouse - High Light2
7.0
7.0
3
3
10
6

Bovey Building

     
Greenhouse (floor space)
Wing A (~100m2/zone)
Wing B (~25m2/zone)
Wing C (~50m2/zone)
Wing D (~50m2/zone)
Wing E (~50m2/zone)
Wing F (~50m2/zone)
 
6.2
3.8
6.2
5.0
5.0
5.0
 
8
4
4
4
4
4
 
3
8
6
4
4
4
Growth chambers (Small)3
Growth chambers (Medium)
0.75
1.5
1
1
15
4

NOTES:

     
1Greenhouse compartments in the Crop Science Building are about 60 m2 floor space.
2A number of greenhouses in the Crop Science Building have additional High Pressure Sodium lamps installed. The light intensity is about 600-800 µmol/m2/sec at bench level.
3Eleven growth chambers were refurbished with new lighting, cooling and computer control in 2010.
4Charges are assessed on bench space or total greenhouse space.

Growth facility light at night

Location

Crop Science & Bovey Buildings, Main Campus
50 Stone Road East University of Guelph
N1G 2W1 Guelph, ON
Canada
43° 31' 54.2856" N, 80° 13' 28.416" W