Its infrastructures

High performance greehouse complex

Inauguration of the new greenhouse complex in November 2007. These greenhouses, with a total area of approximately 4500m2, are equipped with sophisticated systems for precise climate and fertilization control. The complex includes facilities at Laval University and the ITA in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Chemical analysis laboratory

This laboratory is specialized in the quantification and identification of organic molecules, sugars, ions and volatile molecules. It is equipped with several mass spectrometers (UPLC MS / MS; LC / MS (LC TOF MS)), high performance liquid chromatography devices (HPLC-UV; HPLC-IR), gas chromatography equipments (GC-MS, GC-FID, GC-TCD-FID-ECD), spectrophotometers and or equipment needed for sample preparation.

Proteomics platform

This infrastructure includes a facility for SELDI-TOF-MS analysis at Laval University and a future laboratory for proteomic studies in plants and protists at the University of Montreal.

Electron and confocal microscopy facilities

This service offers transmission electron microscopes, scanning electron microscopes, epifluorescence microscopes, a confocal microscope and all the photographic and computer equipment necessary for 2-D and 3-D image analysis. These devices are located at Laval University and the University of Sherbrooke.

Agro-environnemental observation station

A platform of scientific instruments to measure air quality (aerobiology, GHGs, odors, FTIR, laser), water quality (surface water and groundwater at various scales, airborne monitoring of ecosystems with thermal hyperspectral cameras, image processing), to valorize the agricultural biomass (pilot plant for granulation and drying to develop added-value products based on their FTIR / SFM spectroscopic properties, manure treatment systems). These instruments are located at Laval University.

Agricultural research stations

Consists of experimental fields (125 ha at Laval University and 70 hectares on the McGill University Macdonald Campus), buildings and specialized equipment.

CT scanner

Located at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, the CT scanner allows for the scanning of living plants to obtain a three dimensional digital model for the analysis of the spatial organization of branches, foliage and root systems.