The Danforth Center's Plant Growth Facility is a state-of-the-art complex built for research product development. The PGF provides its users with a variety of controlled environment plant growth spaces and expert horticultural services.
The DDPSC Research Greenhouse Complex has 3 ranges with
43 individual greenhouses, totaling 54,130 sq. ft of growth space with houses of various sizes and functional capabilities.
Select houses are equipped with air-conditioning, autoirrigation systems, flexible benching and/or adjustable light canopies for more precise lighting control. PGF users have access to multipl potting and seed processing rooms, soils handling, and other work areas.
There are 2 growth chamber facilities: the Kit Bond and Bellwether Foundation Plant Growth Facilities.
Combined, there are 84 growth chambers and rooms (48 reach-in chambers & 36 walk-in rooms) providing a maximum of 5,795 sq.ft of controlled growth area.
All units offer variable lighting, temperature, and humidity control. Advanced control features include carbon dioxide supplementation or scrubbing (125-3000 ppm), high light intensity (up to 1100 umol/m2/s PAR), low and high temperature control (-10°C to 50°C), and light spectrum control using Heliospectra LED technology.
PGF staff members provide expert plant care, facility upkeep and climate monitoring 365 days a year. PGF staff strive to provide users with high quality plant material to enable improved research outcomes and enhanced data validity.
Please visit our Services page to learn more about the many services offered by Plant Growth Facilities staff.