[photo of Phytotron located atop the Bioscience Complex]

The Department of Biology maintains a large T-shaped greenhouse on the roof of the BioSciences Complex, also known as the Phytotron. The facility, which dates from the construction of Earl Hall in 1966, contains hundreds of varieties of plants from all over the world.

The greenhouse has three main sections: the largest of its rooms contains specimens used for teaching, another room holds research specimens and, in the stem of the "T," there are numerous "growth chambers" (containers ranging from the size of a refrigerator to the size of a small room to allow researchers to grow specimens in highly-controlled conditions). There are also several growth chambers in the basement of the BioSciences Complex.

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