University of Wisconsin–Madison

About the Biotron Laboratory

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.

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  • Many climates, many experiments

    Lab Manager Many climates, many experiments For most organizations, varying temperatures in the workplace are a source of many battles between staff over whether the heat or A/C should be set to high or low. …

  • Field station in a box

    Isthmus Field station in a box Never mind Punxsutawney Phil. The thirteen-lined ground squirrels that hibernate in plastic drawers in the UW-Madison Biotron take their cues from Hannah Carey. The Biotron is a three-story laboratory …

  • UW’s Biotron’s terrestrial capabilities surpass labs around the country

    Badger Herald UW’s Biotron’s terrestrial capabilities surpass labs around the country Groundbreaking research includes growing plants in space, stress on products due to climate conditions. Though the word “Biotron” might sound more like a Transformer …

  • Wisconsin’s Biotron is a lab for all seasons

    Big Ten Network Wisconsin’s Biotron is a lab for all seasons Where can you go from icy tundra to a warm equatorial climate just by going down the hall? Where can you experience the inky …

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