in capital improvements
during FY22 and FY23
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in capital improvements
greenhouse compartments for
Research and Instruction
16 held for flexible use.
9 supporting BSL-2 research.
Compartments with Cooling Systems
79% Compartments with
~7,500 sq-ft expansion for facilities by Georgia H.B. 81 Appropriation
58% of our chambers have dimmable LED lighting
2426 Growth Chamber Expansion
Our newest growth chamber facility was finished in November 2021. The area features 12 Conviron chambers, 5 of which are reservable for use by CAES programs. You can view time slots available for research and current reservations at our greenhouse and growth chamber reservation page.
Photos of the 2426 Growth Chamber Room Expansion
PGF Growth Chamber Availabilities
Get to know our plant growth professionals
Graduation decor by PGF's Pam Lewis
Lewis has raised flowers and plants for the Graduate Recognition Ceremony for about 10 years now. All of the leftover plants are donated to nursing home and assisted living facilities in the Athens area.
Poinsettias are Lewis' favorite horticultural crop. In their natural environment, they flower in response to short day lengths. So preventing light drift in the winter months is paramount and achievable with the blackout tents we created.
Greenhouse M1 thru M3 Polycarbonate Replacement
These greenhouses were built in 2008. Over time the polycarbonate has degraded from UV radiation. This impacts the quantity and spectral composition of the light transmitted through the polycarbonate panels to the plant leaves. CAES - Office of Teaching, CAES-Office of Research and Plant Growth Facilities are funding new paneling! Expected completion is early-June 2022.
Evaporative cooling pad update
Our facilities include 52 greenhouse compartments on three sites in Athens. Thirty-six percent of the compartments required almost 800 new cooling pads. Combining an order of this size allowed us to purchase with economies of scale. The savings were directed back into the cooling media by "double-dipping" many of the pads to extend their expected life from five years to an average of eight.
PGF's first cool-season greenhouse
Our facilities have expanded to include 600 square feet of cool-season greenhouse space to support Robin Buell's genomics research program. The greenhouse will be completed this May. These compartments will be a part of the larger multidisciplinary greenhouse expansion scheduled to begin construction in late-July 2022.
View Cool Season Greenhouse Photos
Thanks to a whitefly grant award, our entomology department's old greenhouse will be updated with supplemental lighting, area trench drains, insect-exclusion vestibules, new glazing and many other features. Following completion, the greenhouse will have five compartments all capable of BSL-2 certification.
View Entomology Greenhouse Progress Photos
Riverbend soil shed update
We have removed an unused raw material bunk in our Riverbend soil shed to increase the amount of mixing and sterilizing space and increase the amount of palletized media that we can have on hand.