Phytotron of National Taiwan University

Introduction

Crop growth and development are controlled by both genetical and environmental factors. In order to improve the culture practices, crop productivity and quality, it is important to systematically study the interaction between crops and environments. In response to this request, the

 

 first complicate modern phytotron was established in 1949 at Pasadena, California, U.S.A. designed by Dr. Frits Warmolt Went. The phytotron facilities provide precise experimental conditions for scientists to investigate the effects of climate on plant growth and development.

History

The phytotron of National Taiwan University was set up in 1969, and it was the first operating phytotron in Taiwan. For providing more plant growth area, the new building of the NTU Phytotron was established in 1993, and it was  designed to be a computerized-automatic control facility. NTU Phytotron provides high quality of plant

 

growth facilities to NTU professors, research scientists and students for advanced plant science researches and teaching.

Service

The NTU Phytotron has eight natural light-glass rooms, four artificial light rooms, one LED-light room, and a low-temperature room. Every year, about 80 to 100 research projects was run in NTU Phytotron, and several kinds horticulture and agronomy crops were grown here. All environmental information of culture rooms were collected and recorded by computers and network published, and all NTU Phytotron users can online view the data including temperature, humidity and light intensity. In addition, there are high-resolution webcams set up in culture rooms, so research scientists can monitor plant growing on their own computers. 

 

 Development direction

In order to provide the best service to NTU Phytotron users, we continuously improve culture systems and energy efficiency by green energy technology.

 

Temperature and light intensity in the various compartments of the NTU Phytotron

Culture room

Temperature (±0.5)

Light intensity

Day

Night

Natural light-glass room

No.1

35

30

Natural light

No.2

30

25

No.3

30

25

No.4

25

20

No.5

25

20

No.6

25

20

No.7

20

15

No.8

15

13

Artificial light room

No.1

2032

10,00030,000 Lux.

No.2

2032

10,00030,000 Lux.

No.3

2032

10,00030,000 Lux.

No.4

1625

7,00016,000 Lux.

LED light room

26

LED light

Cold room

-5

Dark

 

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