Facilities and Resources

The University research and outreach centers serve as links between communities, families, and agriculture to the research, education, and outreach of the University of Minnesota:

Established in 1995, the Precision Agriculture Center fosters the use of site specific management techniques through collaborative research, education, and outreach programs. The High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) and the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research are used to model the atmosphere and biosphere and to process and analyze modeled and measured atmospheric data.

Renovation in Room 290 of Borlaug Hall is complete.  The new shared research facility includes autoclaves, a walk-in freezer (-20 C), an ice machine and a refrigerator. There is a sign-in log for space.  Users must use their UMN identification card to obtain access to 290B. This facility is shared by the Departments of Plant Pathology, Soil Water and Climate and Plant Genetics.

The University of Minnesota Mesocosm Facility consists of large steady-state growth chambers including a soil rhizotron and enclosed canopy with the capacity to manipulate a broad array of environmental variables including: photosynthetically active radiation; air and soil temperature; soil water content; and water table depth.

The Mass Spectrometry Facility includes a continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometer interfaced with a flask autosampler, a trace gas inlet system, and elemental analyzer inlet system.

The Tall Tower Trace Gas Observatory has been in operation since 2007. It consists of a 244 meter tall tower equipped with micrometeorological sensors and trace gas analytical equipment for studying carbon, water, mercury, VOCs, carbon monoxide and many other trace gas species.

photo of a greenhouse on the Saint Paul campus


a picture of the Tall Tower Trace Gas Observatory

Tall Tower Trace Gas Observatory

students on bridge