Keck Greenhouse Range

A generous donation from the W.M. Keck Foundation led to an additional 3500 square feet of greenhouse space at the Washington Street facility. The Keck Greenhouse Range is a dedicated area for the growth and care of transgenic plants under carefully controlled conditions. The mission of this facility is to allow Virginia Tech to better support on-going primary research in molecular plant sciences. Virginia Tech faculty and researchers interested in using the space for a project should observe the following guidelines.

If you would like to utilize the Keck greenhouse for your research project first download a Keck space request form and submit that form to the greenhouse manager at least thirty days before the project begins. The Keck committee will decide whether the use is appropriate for this facility after considering the research project, space requirements, chemical usage and safety considerations. The minimum reservation time is one month and maximum time is 6 months.

Faculty responsibilities include but are not limited to the following items. Research projects are to be labeled with the name of the primary investigator and contact information. If any pesticides, nutrients (above regular liquid fertilizer), or chemicals are applied an additional sign is required with an explanation of what is being applied, at what levels, and any re-entry interval (REI) if applicable. Primary investigators are responsible for the supervision of routine care, watering, fertilizing and scouting of their projects and ensuring the space is kept sanitary and weed free and plants are adequately spaced.  The primary investigator is expected to ensure all users under their supervision read and follow the complete list of guidelines for greenhouse users

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (P.I.) to ensure all requirements set forth by The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) have been followed and satisfied before any space will be released for a project and any faculty, staff or student working within the Keck facility must adhere to the IBC policy. A notation of the use of transgenic organisms should be made on the space request form and all transgenic plant material, media and pots must be sterilized using the facility steamer prior to any material being discarded in waste containers. It is the P.I. responsibility to immediately report any accidents in the greenhouse facility that involve the inadvertent release or spill of microorganisms to the following personal or entities:

  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Department of Health and Safety

 The Greenhouse manager is responsible for adjustments to the environmental controls, irrigation settings and HID lighting using information supplied in the space request form. An integrated pest management program with an emphasis on bio-control will be the preferred method of treatment in order to avoid issues related to insect and plant disease. The greenhouse staff will help monitor pest pressure on research crops and advise on making pesticide applications when necessary. If no instructions are provided, pest management will be at the discretion of the greenhouse manager.

Recharge rate is set at $.049 per square foot per day for 2016/2017. This includes daily watering, standard fertilizer and chemical applications as necessary and consulting as needed. Users will be responsible for potting supplies and media.

Prior to installation, the Keck committee must approve the use of any permanent equipment or supplemental devices that require a utility service connection within the greenhouse. No unauthorized modifications are to be made to the greenhouse structure or equipment at any time. This includes removal of benches, attachments to the greenhouse structure, removing electrical outlet covers or disabling or modification of any of the greenhouse control systems. If your project has special requirements it must be noted in the space request form. The greenhouse aisles are not to be used to store equipment, potting media, planting materials or any other items that would block access through the facility or impede access to mechanical equipment.

Appropriate greenhouse keys will be issued to the user for the period of time they have arranged to utilize the Keck Greenhouse. All users are required to return keys to the greenhouse manager at the time the greenhouse project terminates. The doors to the greenhouse main hall will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and are to be locked at all other times. Individuals who use the greenhouses after hours and on weekends are asked to secure the doors after entering and exiting the greenhouses. Doors into the Keck Greenhouse Range are to be kept locked at all times and should not be left ajar for any reason.

New users will be required to take an orientation session. The Keck Greenhouse should be treated as a laboratory environment and all safety guidelines applicable in labs should be followed.  Those include the wearing of proper shoes (no sandals) and the use of eye protection where applicable. The greenhouse facility follows the same rule as all areas on campus, no smoking is allowed inside or within 25 feet of any university buildings. Tobacco users should wash hands thoroughly before entering the Keck facility to reduce the possibility of introducing viruses contained in tobacco.

Upon project completion it is expected that every primary investigator will arrange for a timely  cleanup and exodus of the greenhouse space being used. Extensions for additional time must be requested through the greenhouse manager and will be considered by the committee in light of other space needs.

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