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USA: New Plant Research Facilities in California

USA: New Plant Research Facilities in California

Bayer CropScience vegetable seeds researchers recently celebrated the opening of the new phytotron building in Acampo, California. A phytotron is a laboratory with facilities for growing plants under various combinations of strictly controlled environmental conditions. The new Bayer CropScience facilities houses 10 phytotrons for growing plants such as tomatoes and watermelons for research purposes. The building has been outfitted with many advanced and sustainable features, including a high-tech wastewater filtration system, which filters the building’s used water and then enters it into a storage tank for landscape irrigation use on the facility grounds. For increased energy efficiency, LED lighting is featured throughout the growing chambers, as it uses fewer toxic materials than other lighting systems and is long-lasting. “We’re eager to demonstrate how valuable this investment is for conducting good research,” says Mark Ricker, a tomato pathologist. (Source: nunhemsusa.com)