Research Greenhouse Facilities at the UI Aberdeen and Kimberly Research and Extension Centers
The three existing greenhouses at the AREC will be removed and replaced with new, more efficient ones. The new greenhouses will be 36 ft x 70 ft attached to the existing head house and will be covered primarily with clear polycarbonate. Acrylic will be used for the roof of the two potato breeding greenhouses to provide the light quality needed for optimal potato plant growth. Temperature will be controlled by new, more efficient heating and cooling systems. The wheat breeding greenhouse will be divided into three sections to accommodate multiple research activities. At KREC, one of the double-layer polyethylene Quonset-style greenhouses will be replaced with a 36 ft x 72 ft polycarbonate greenhouse as the first phase of replacing the polyethylene covered greenhouses. It will be located in the same basic footprint of the existing greenhouse that
will be dismantled. This greenhouse will be divided into three 36 ft x 24 ft bays to enable creation of three environmental conditions, when necessary. Each will have individual temperature control systems to facilitate individual environmental regimes.