Facilities and infrastructure
The School occupies extensive facilities at the Sutton Bonington Campus, which include new developments such as the Food and Biofuel Innovation Centre, state-of-the art glasshouse developments and a Rhizosphere facility integrating plant, soil and computer sciences expertise to image roots in soil and develop novel crop varieties.
The campus has research facilities for studies of small (rodents) and large (dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry) animals including a dairy centre, pig metabolism unit, housing for large animals at containment level 2, and an imaging suite.
Our researchers have access to world-class CL2 and CL3 pathogen and GM 2 containment facilities, with tissue culture facilities, a comprehensive array of instrumental techniques determine the physical properties of food systems and innovative GCMS systems.
Genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, which form a central platform for most of our research themes are supported by conventional analyses (GC- and HPLC-MS) and novel on-line MS techniques providing rapid, high throughput analyses of complex mixtures of metabolites. Imaging facilities include provision of two confocal microscopes.
These resources are complemented by semi-automated facilities for microarray printing, hybridisation equipment and real-time quantitative PCR machines for high throughput expression profiling of mRNA concentrations. A specific facility runs protein microarrays.
The School provides unrivalled facilities to support research in plant and crop science. Controlled environment glasshouses and growth rooms are suitable for temperate and tropical crops, most allowing ACGM containment.