Ohio State greenhouse nurtures ‘fruit fly of the plant world’

December 7, 2012

-Environmental Monitor

The Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center at Ohio State University was established in 1991 with funding from the National Science Foundation. Part of the center’s job is to meet demand for seed of the arabidopsis plant, which is widely used for genetic modeling.
 
“A lot of the plants we’re growing are for seed production,” said Joan Leonard, greenhouse coordinator. “Arabidopsis is a good example. We call it the ‘fruit fly of the plant world,’ and it takes about six to eight weeks to go from seed to plant.”
 
Arabidopsis is one of the many plants that will benefit from a new LI-COR PAR sensor being installed on campus. It will help manage light schedules for greenhouse plants. By changing out a 20-year old sensor, Leonard says the facility will gain energy efficiency and continue growing many types of plant seeds used for research.