The Controlled Environment Facility at the University of Stirling is a world-class facility for conducting a wide variety of research involving climate manipulation, including multifactorial experiments on impacts of climate change, and climatic controls on organismal physiology and behaviour. The facility was totally refurbished between 2006 and 2010 at a total cost of £1.23 million.
The facility boasts seven bespoke walk-in rooms, built by the Dutch company Reftech, world leaders in the field of experimental climate control. Two rooms have full plant growth facilities including laminar airflow across the room, air exchange up to 4 volumes per hour, full temperature control from 5°C up to 40°C, 40% - 85% relative humidity control and lighting that is dimmable, so as to simulate dawn /dusk conditions. Two rooms have a similar set up but do not have airflow across the room. The remaining three rooms are as above but without airflow across the room, and lighting that is only on/off.
The facility also includes 10 Snijders Microclima 1750E climate cabinets, in which humidity, temperature and lighting can be adjusted according to user set cycles. Humidity can be varied from 40% to 95%, temperature control from -15°C to 50°C, irradiance from 1200µmol m-2 s-1 measured at 150 mm from the lamp loft. Four supplementary lamp lofts are available to enable a doubling of the capacity of each cabinet when growing smaller plants. Six cabinets also have CO² control: 0 to 2000ppm.
|The Stirling Controlled Environment Facility||A controlled environment chamber being used as part of a multifactorial experiment looking at the impacts of climate change on Scotts pine establishment