IBBR's Plant Growth Facilities are used to transform crop plants and model experimental plants for a variety of uses. Applications include production of economically important proteins, enhancement of nutritional value, introduction of pest resistance or herbicide tolerance. Plants may also be tailored for use in genomic, proteomic or metabolomic studies.
The facilities include a transformation suite, plant tissue culture suite, controlled environment plant growth chambers, and a 4,500 sq. ft. greenhouse for the large scale production and testing of transformed plants.
Projects are varied from the analysis of virus replication in tomatoes, growth of TMV-nanoparticles in tobacco, novel nanotechnology approaches for plant transformation, and metabolite analysis of medicinal herbs such as black cohosh.