- Movement of plant material is one of the primary methods by which plant pests and diseases are spread between plant growth facilities. These pests and diseases can be extremely difficult to control, and may lead to the destruction of valuable plant material, negative impact on research and teaching programs, with significant costs.
- All plant growth facility users are responsible for following established protocols for plant movement in and out of the growth chamber and associated facilities.
11.1 Bringing Plants into the Growth Chambers
- Incoming plants must be free of pests and diseases. Ask the Facility Supervisor for assistance if you do not have the necessary training.
- Pest control measures may be required before moving plants into the assigned growth chamber.
- Note that safety concerns, AgriLife policy and legal requirements preclude the application of most pesticide in growth chambers. Moving plants to a space suitable for pesticide application is often not practical, and such space may not be available. Introduction of pests or disease into a growth chamber may result in plants unfit for the intended purpose, loss of experimental data and no recourse other than destruction of the plant material.
- In certain cases of pest infestation or disease, plants will not be allowed into the growth chamber.
11.2 Transferring Plants to the Borlaug Greenhouses
- Arrangement for greenhouse space must be made in advance through the Facility Supervisor.
- Incoming plants must be inspected for pests and diseases by the greenhouse supervisor, plant growth facilities manager or their designees. Trained and qualified growth chamber or greenhouse users may receive such designation – inquire.
- Pest control measures or isolation may be required before moving plants into the assigned greenhouse.