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 environmentally controlled plant growth spaces and expert horticultural services.
Our facility has 3 ranges with a total of 43 individual greenhouses, totaling 54,130 total sq. ft of active growth space with houses of various sizes and functional capabilities. Select houses are equipped with air-conditioning, in-floor heating, auto-irrigation systems, and adjustable light canopies for more precise lighting control. PGF users are free to utilize any of the three potting rooms as well as seed processing, 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 removal (100-3000 ppm), high light intensity (up to 1100 PAR), low and high temperature control (-10°C to 50°C), and spectral control using Heliospectra LED technology.