West Virginia University is putting the final touches on its newest facility, a greenhouse on the Evansdale campus. It will allow researchers and students to create vastly different environments from one lab to the next for very precise comparisons.
"Lighting experiments, temperature experiments, drought, heat," said assistant professor Nicole Waterland. "Basically we can provide most any environmental conditions with much more accuracy than what we could with the old facility."It's all automated. Once the conditions are set, the building does the rest. It adjusts the temperature, sunlight, and airflow through lamps, curtains, vents, fans, and more.
That precision is important for all kinds of research.