Growth Chamber Maintenance Protocols. Romer, M.J., C. Cooney & F.S. Scopelleti, 2000. In: Phytotronics for Agricultural Research. K.V. Prabhu & P. Chandra (Eds), National Phytotron Facility, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. 206 pp. At the McGill University Phytotron, plant growth chambers are systematically subjected to a thorough and standardized preventative maintenance program. The program described herein was designed to verify, calibrate and standardize systems between growth chambers and permit reliable replication of experimental trials in space and time [view or download the pdf file]
Carbon Dioxide within Controlled Environments, the commonly neglected variable. Romer, M.J. 2001. In: Proceedings of the International Conference: Controlled Environments In The New Millennium, The John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom, 9th - 12th September (in press). At the McGill University Phytotron, chamber-mounted Infra-Red Gas Analysers are utilised in combination with simple scrubbers and injected CO2 gas to control and stabilise ambient CO2 levels. Typical long-term results demonstrate consistent CO2 control at a level of ± 10 umol·mol-1. A description of the materials, maintenance requirements and costs associated with routine control of this variable are presented.[view or download the pdf file]
IPM Pest Protocols, Claire Cooney 1999. The McGill University Phytotron practices IPM (integrated pest management) in its pest management program. These protocols have been developed from experience with pests encountered within the Phytotron and consultation with other phytotrons, university plant research growth facilities and IPM specialists.[IPM References] [IPM Links]
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