University of Gothenburg
The phytotron at the Botanical building
The phytotron at the Botanical building
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Research resources at BioEnv

Our common research resources include the animal facilities at Zoologen and Kristineberg as well as the phytotron and herbarium in the botanical building.

Animal facilities at Zoologen

In the Zoology building it is possible to keep fish, amphibians, reptiles and mouse/rat which are used by research groups both within and outside BioEnv. The research range over a wide field which include terrester, limnic and marine environments.

The installation is covering 600 square meter and contains among other things:

  • Four separate systems of aquariums (three for freshwater and one for salt water) each containing 16 square meters
  • Cooling tanks, sand filters, UV sterilisation, protein skimmers and thermostat controlled temperature
  • One lesser water lab with a five square meter recirculating system of thermostat controlled water, sand filter, UV filter and mechanical prefiltering of the water
  • Several water labs connected to the four aquarium systems
  • A thermostat controlled water lab connected to both fresh and salt water
  • Room for keeping birds
  • Thermostat controlled tropical room (28 °C)
  • Thermostat controlled dry lab (5–20 °C)
  • Room for keeping amphibians
  • Room for keeping reptiles, with daylight equipment
  • Room for surgery and taking of specimens
Fish tanks at Zoologen
Photo: C.Olsson

Phytotron in the Botanical building

The phytotron was started 2010 and includes ca 25 larger chambers where you may cultivate plants under very controlled conditions when it comes to e.g. temperature (even below zero), humidity, diurnal rhythms and light intensity. It is used by several groups in subjects like aerobiology, ecology, ecophysiology, systematics, marine ecology, cell biology and molecular biology. Most are located at the department but the phytotron may also be used by external users and companies.

Plants in the phytotron
Photo: S. Toresson

Contact person:
Henrik Aronsson,
+46-31-786 4802