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Griffin Campus: Envirotron

Research Opportunities & Collaboration

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Research Opportunities

Multidisciplinary Research: The highest priority of the Envirotron is to support multidisciplinary research, particularly research that includes biology (plant sciences, entomology, food sciences, pathology), physical sciences (atmospheric physics, soil chemistry and physics, and engineering), and social sciences.

Interactions among stresses: Initial funding for the Envirotron was provided to support investigation of the interactions among plant stresses related to air quality, such as temperature, carbon dioxide level, and air pollutants, and their relationships with other stresses such as water stress, pests, and diseases, and with water quality.

Integrated approach: The third research priority is to gain an integrated understanding of how processes in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum respond to various biotic and abiotic environmental conditions. Our emphasis is on developing an integrated understanding of how soil and root processes influence shoot processes and vice versa.

Research Collaboration

Priority for use of the Envirotron is for the research projects of UGA faculty and students. Still, we strongly encourage collaborative research with scientists and students from any institution that conform to Envirotron objectives and priorities.

The Envirotron has already hosted research collaborations with students and scientists from USDA, UGA Extension, Young Scholars Internship Program, Rutgers University, Georgia High School Mentorship Program, The Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Sciences in Grossbeeren Germany, and the Philippines.