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Plant Growth Professional

Plant Growth Professional

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~$11.6MM in capital improvements
during FY22 and FY23

53 greenhouse compartments for
Research and Instruction

31 Conviron chambers.
16 held for flexible use.
9 supporting BSL-2 research.

100% Compartments with Cooling Systems
79% Compartments with
Supplemental Lighting

~7,500 sq-ft expansion for facilities by Georgia H.B. 81 Appropriation

58% of our chambers have dimmable LED lighting

Pamela Lewis with student assistants Justin Cline and Ellen Jones.

 

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 within CAES. You can view time slots available for research 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


Pamela Lewis with student assistants Justin Cline and Ellen Jones.

 

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.


The Plant Man Kevin Tarner

 

Lance Fountain

Lance was raised in Axson, GA. He earned his BSES in Entomology at the University of Georgia, where he worked for the University's Black Fly lab, Insect Behavior lab, and Insect Zoo.

Facility updates


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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.


Plant growth professionals working on the evaporative cooling pad update

 

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 1st Cool-Season Greenhouse

 

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


White Fly Grant

 

Whitefly grant

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

 

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.


University of Georgia entomology graduate students witnessed countless members of the Photuris frontalis — or snappy sync — firefly species blinking in unison in north Georgia earlier this month. (Photo by Horace Zhang) CAES News
Rare fireflies sync up in north Georgia
Standing in the new darkness of a 100-acre wood on a recent summer evening, a group of University of Georgia entomology graduate students witnessed magic in the air — literally — as thousands of fireflies of different species rose from the forest floor to flash their luminescent love songs to hopeful mates hiding below.
On a seven-acre research site in Plains, Georgia, where former President Jimmy Carter’s family used to grow peanuts and soybeans now sits a solar farm of more than 3,800 panels. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers are testing wildflowers like red clover (pictured) planted among the panels to measure habitat success over several seasons. CAES News
UGA experts work to protect biodiversity on Jimmy Carter's solar farm
As solar farms pop up across the U.S., researchers at the University of Georgia are working to improve the biodiversity on solar sites as part of a larger, multidisciplinary research program designed to support both sustainable energy and ecosystem health.
solitary oak leafminer damage CAES News
Leafminers deface oak leaves across north Georgia
“What’s wrong with the leaves of my oak tree? Is my tree dying?” Over the past several weeks, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices across north Georgia have been flooded with calls from residents asking about their oak trees. Whether white, red or chestnut oaks, the question has been the same.