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 three greenhouse ranges with a total of 39 greenhouses, providing 47,530 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, soil handling, and general work areas.
There are two growth chamber areas: the Kit Bond and Bellwether chamber facilities. Combined, there are 84 total growth chambers and rooms (48 reach-in chambers and 36 walk-in rooms). All units offer variable lighting, temperature, and humidity control. Advanced control features include carbon dioxide supplementation or removal, high light intensity (up to 1100 PAR), low and high temperature control (-10°C to 50°C), and spectral control using LED technology.