Photos: Wisconsin Fast Plants (Paul Williams, UW-Madison), 13-lined ground squirrel (Rob Streiffer, UW-Madison) and Babcock cheese (Michael Forster Rothbart, UW-Madison).

Biotron puts any environment on Earth in researchers’ reach The Biotron Laboratory offers controlled testing environments for academic and commercial clients in plant, animal, and materials research. The Biotron is a one-of-a-kind research facility that has supported testing for NASA space probes, Antarctic drilling equipment, hibernating squirrels, and LED development for plant growth. The Biotron provides controlled environments and climate-controlled greenhouses to support plant, animal, and materials research for university, non-profit, and commercial clients. Temperature, humidity, lighting, and plant watering regimens are scheduled and controlled to meet precise experimental setpoints. Room performance is continuously monitored and alarmed, and staff respond to critical deviations 24 hours per day.