Modern research greenhouse with a glass surface of 3,000 m² for experiments in the field of plant nutrition, phytopathology and plant growth.
The fully automatic, computer-operated facility is a compound construction consisting of 77 autonomous compartments, each of which represents an independent unit in terms of climate management, irrigation, fertilisers and light, if required.
All parameters can be visualised, recorded and illustrated graphically via the supervisory computer system.
The outside walls are clad with Thermoplus insulation glass and the ceiling with float glass. The temperature is regulated via convector and under-bench heating, ceiling and wall ventilation systems, as well as a combined shade/heat screen; two compartments are equipped with condensation coolers.
Air humidity is regulated via a high-pressure fog system, which can also be used for cooling at temperatures of above 27° C.
Additional lights can be controlled via two circuits for each compartment, either in an assimilative or photoperiodic manner, parallel with different lamp types (sodium vapour, metal halide) and provide a quantum density of 400 µEinstein.
The automated irrigation and fertiliser system uses service water and partially desalinated water with approx. 10 µs. The water supply is provided via an ebb and flow system, drip irrigation or via Bato sprinklers.
There is one chamber equipped for the use of isotopes and one soil house, in addition to the chambers and compartments.
Six fully climatized vector-secure chambers are equipped with thermal waste water disinfection. HEPA filters keep the air flowing into and from the chamber sterile.
An 8 x 34 m greenhouse with folding roof that can be used for infection experiments, for example, and a cold frame facility to cultivate and hibernate young plants.