Photos: Wisconsin Fast Plants (Paul Williams, UW-Madison), 13-lined ground squirrel (Rob Streiffer, UW-Madison) and Babcock cheese (Michael Forster Rothbart, UW-Madison).
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.
The Biotron provides experienced greenhouse, animal-care, mechanical, and technical staff to ensure successful project development and support. The Biotron also provides laboratory and support spaces for preparation, procedures, harvesting, and other research activities.
Yiqun Weng and his research team investigate the effect of UV-C light on cucumber growth in a small controlled environment chamber.