Staff in the Institute have access to a wide range of cutting edge equipment in dedicated facilities able to provide a high level of technical support for users.
Plant growth facility
Facilities for plant growth include over 2,200 m2 of glasshouse space, six controlled environmental rooms (>550 m2), smaller growth chambers and a tissue culture facility.
Each growth room is individually controlled for temperature and day length and humidity is monitored. The tissue culture facility provides sterile working areas for cell and tissue transfer and three growth rooms that are again individually controllable for temperature and light conditions. This allows us to utilise the facility for a range of cell and callus cultures for a variety of species. The plant growth facility also has over 800 m2 of partially fenced outdoor plots, including a pond area.
Biology scanning electron microscope facilities (BioSEM)
The Electron Microscope facility of the School of Biological Sciences is housed within our institute, providing both scanning and transmission EM and sample preparation.