A Plant Growth Chamber artificially replicates the conditions under which various kinds of plants, saplings, germ plasms and seeds are exposed. It creates an environment that is conducive for the growth of the plant and also helps in testing the growth under various stressful conditions.

Plants are placed inside the chamber and subjected to one or more of these environmental parameters to determine reliability or measure physiological parameters after-effects such as corrosion.

A plant growth chamber has a lot of various types of uses, commands, tests, features and types; let’s get to know some facets of a Plant Growth Chamber.

Uses of Plant Growth Chamber:

  • Plant growth
  • Tissue Culture
  • Seed Germination
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Research
  • Plant breeding and genetic research
  • Photosynthesis Nutrition
  • Other aspects of plant physiology

Plant growth chambers also provide maximum flexibility to meet the research requirements. They are useful as stand-alone test for environmental effects on test specimen, as preparation of test specimens for further physical tests or chemical tests and also provide environmental conditions for conducting testing of specimens.

Types of Chambers:

There are two types of Plant Growth Chambers, namely ‘Walk In’ chamber and ‘Reach In’ chamber. A walk in chamber is much larger in size than a reach in chamber. It allows the individual to walk into the chamber to make a tab of the observations. A reach in chamber is smaller than the walk in chamber and allows the individual to only reach in with their hand to test and place the samples. Apart from these types the designs of the chambers also vary according to the requirement and can be designed to suit specific needs. There are also some chambers that are small enough to be placed on bench tops, such types are usually used for ‘seed germination’.

Controllable features:

The plant growth chamber has a lot of features some of which are set permanently and cannot be changed and some of them are controllable. Here are some of the controllable features:-

  • Humidity
  • Temperature
  • Light
  • CO2

Plant growth chambers are used widely in research labs and development centers. Some of them are Dr. MohanRaju at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore; Dr. A.G. Sreeniwas at University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur; Dr. Praveen Kumar at Indian Council of Agricultural Research Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur and ICAR-Directorate of Onion & Garlic Research Rajgurnagar, Pune.

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