$2 million greenhouse opening soon

Biology department searches for part-time manager

By Kierstyn Wiley
On January 18, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: Construction on the greenhouse has come to a close. This new larger space will allow for year-round study.

ASU’s biology department in the spring of 2019 will open their new greenhouse to students and faculty.
The greenhouse, located between the Cavness Science and Academic buildings, will be used strictly for educational and research purposes for students who take a biology class. It will not be open to the public.
“The greenhouse, to me, will increase productivity,” sophomore Alivia Taylor said. “I remember the biology department talking about it and describing how it would be used in the curriculum. Personally, I really like plants, so it’s going to be exciting to see what type of plants will be in it.”
Dr. Michael T. Dixon, biology department chair curator, said the greenhouse will feature hundreds of plant species, including some that are endangered. Students will have the opportunity to study tropical, carnivorous, succulent, cacti, medicinal and food plants.
 “The project and scenery will be run by a state-of-the-art computer,” Dixon said. “It is the control system to let us know when to adjust the temperature in the greenhouse.”
The system will detect humidity, if shade or sun needs to be added, if temperature adjustments need to be made and if vents need to be opened for low, outside winds to come through. There will also be different biomes for species in separate parts of the greenhouse.
Dixon said the project cost a total of $2 million to build, which included planning, design and construction. The department has also conducted interviews to find a part-time manager to help maintain the greenhouse, he said.
There will be donation opportunities for students, faculty and the community to help plant Texas’ evergreens that will help enhance projects and experiments.
For more information about the greenhouse, contact the biology department at biology@angelo.edu or call 325-942-2189.

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