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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  • From test tube to plate, UW–Madison program keeps potatoes

    Years before that french fry landed on your plate, the plant that would eventually give rise to the spud your fry was cut from was sealed away deep in a secure-access building, growing slowly in …

  • Wisconsin Engineer

    The Biotron Laboratory: A Controlled Environment Research Center By Makenna Hall This one-of-a-kind research facility offers controlled testing environments to academic and commercial clients. The facility has provided space for projects that range from pressure effects on …

  • 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 …

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