The Western Grains Research Foundation, a farmer-run non-profit, devoted the fund to the Phytotron Renewal project.
A phytotron is a fully closed greenhouse that allows carefully monitored study of environmental conditions. Chambers within the greenhouse can be individually controlled to create specific light, humidity and temperature conditions for study.
The phytotron at the U of S is used in three full plant growth cycles every year, and results are valuable to soil and plant science research. The upgrades should increase the research capacity of the facility for students and researchers on campus.
“The decision by WGRF to invest in the renewal of the phytotron is one that will benefit all crop producers and provide a great return on investment for years to come,” said WGRF Board Chairman Keith Degenhardt in a U of S release.