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Greenhouse

Rules for using the Department of Botany’s greenhouse

The greenhouse is considered as a laboratory. People from the Department of Botany can perform their experiments in the greenhouse given they:

  • accept these rules
  • have been trained in lab safety (and can prove it – i.e. they have signed the training protocol)
  • follow the e-mail conference at: experim.sklenik@natur.cuni.cz

Facility managers:

Martin Weiser, weiser2@natur.cuni.cz, 221951654
Tomáš Koubek, tomas.koubek@gmail.com, 737449485

Access

The key is located at the reception in Benátská 2. It can be borrowed but only for the time when you are in the greenhouse, return it back as soon as you leave the greenhouse. Users are not authorized to copy the key.

The only entrance to our compartment is through GMO-certified compartment that belongs to Department of Plant Experimental Biology. The door must be kept closed.

Reservations of tables

Anybody from the department can book greenhouse tables but it is strongly recommended to write to the conference how much space and for what time will be taken. If the place and/or time will be bigger than 2 tables/2 months, please consult the facility managers beforehand. There are ten moving cultivation desks, labeled A-J. The reservation system is online . You need a faculty e-mail account to make a reservation.

Water management

Users are asked to spare the water. Use trays if possible (there are some trays supplied in the greenhouse). The irrigation system delivers rainwater and tap water mixed together. For manual irrigation, use taps situated along the walls and the garden hose that is stored close to the entrance. Setting up automatic irrigation is possible, please consult the facility managers. Automatic irrigation is prepared for each table separately and all 10 units can be programmed from one timing unit in the back of the greenhouse.

Light

If it is not absolutely necessary, do not switch on the general lights in the greenhouse – some experiments may be vulnerable to daylight period alteration. If you want to use the LED growth lights, please consult the facility managers and people responsible for the experiments that are next to yours. Use the e-mail conference for this.

Temperature

If not stated otherwise, temperature and air circulation in the greenhouse are set to avoid frost and overheating (min. 10°C). If you have special requirements, please consult the facility managers. It is possible to set temperature cycles or levels to some extent. Please be prepared that your request may not be always fulfilled, since the temperature regime is common to the whole greenhouse and hence to all of the concurrent experiments. Use the conference to consult the temperature regime well in advance. Temperature currently set and planned can be checked in the calendar.

Substrates and storage

Common pots and utensils are stored in the greenhouse basement. There you can find (and use) a dryer and scales. You can store your own utensils there if needed, but label them clearly. Large amounts of things (hundreds of pots, potting soil bags) are best stored under the table where does your experiment run.

Sand meant for common use is stored in the container in the greenhouse. Potting soil is available outside the greenhouse.

General regulations

Keep the place clean. Bins for organic waste, plastic and paper to recycle are located in the greenhouse. Unidentified items may be thrown away without warning. When leaving, always move the tables to the wall position (growth lights are centered according to this). If you spot any parasites, water leakage, item malfunction, etc., please contact the facility managers immediately - send a message to the conference, too.

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