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Tools of the trade at CSHL: The greenhouse

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The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Jacob Goldfield Greenhouse provides an enclosed, ideal environment for plant biologists to conduct their research.

CSHL Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator Zachary Lippman and his colleagues grow tomatoes, groundcherries, and a variety of other plants. They conduct research on genes that influence flower production and stem cells.

The greenhouse has several rooms, which can be set to different temperatures and humidities to create different growing environments. The broad clear walls and ceilings ensure a good amount of sunlight enters. A large air-handling system cools and filters incoming air while enormous exhaust fans pull air out, keeping air flowing at all times. This much space and environmental control give CSHL plant researchers the chance to move genetics (and genome editing) forward at a rapid pace.

The greenhouse received major funding support from HHMI and Jacob Goldfield.