Growth Chambers

Introduction

The purpose of this page is to provide information on the growth chambers that we have access to, who to contact about chamber maintenance and charges, and who is currently using the chambers. Hopefully this information will streamline the process of setting up experiments in the growth chambers, and make life easier for everyone.

Details

The Growth chambers are found in the Biological Sciences Building, Rooms 2374 and 1325 (the ones in 1325 are “walk in” style. The lab owns three chambers (168, 169, and 170), and co-owns one additional chamber (187) with the Whitton Lab, all of which are found in room 2374. We also currently rent some additional chambers (see below).

If you are looking to start an experiment and all of our “private” chambers turn out to be full, one option is to rent a chamber from the Botany department and charge the cost to a grant. The number of chambers available varies by season, but there are generally some available, at a cost of between 33 and 100 dollars per month. Contact Jessica Trat (see below) for more information on renting a growth chamber. You can also just go ahead and request one using the Usage form that Jessica created.

Contacts for the growth chambers

Chamber maintenance and repairs: Jin Meng (jinmeng@mail.ubc.ca)

Botany Department Chambers: Jessica Trat (jessica.trat@botany.ubc.ca)

Billing considerations

The chambers that our lab owns are our responsibility, and are “free” for the lab to use. However, this also means that we need to pay for the repairs. If something goes wrong with one of these chambers, it will be repaired (see below), but the repairs need to be charged to a lab fund code (speedchart). Jin Meng will ask you for a code before he proceeds.

Other considerations

When using one of the chambers, whether it belongs to the lab or is rented from Botany, it is very important to indicate your contact information on the outside of the chamber. If the chamber mis-behaves or malfunctions, Jin Meng will not know who to contact about the plants or the repairs. Chambers do malfunction, so don’t assume that this will never happen to you. Luckily, Jessica has created a template “information sheet” that you should place on the outside of the chamber. It will indicate the owner of the chamber. The usage sheet is part of the Usage form. Print the bottom part, fill it out, and post it on the chamber.

Current growth chamber usage

The table below is meant to provide a continuous record of who is using the chambers at any given time. It will help us to plant for chamber use, and indicate the person/people to contact if something goes wrong with one of the chambers. The bottom-most entry is a “dummy” chamber, so that you can add a new chamber in the event that you decide to rent one. Or, you can decide to go stealth and tell no-one. Really, though, it’s better if everyone knows, so we can all look out for one another’s plants. Yay!

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Chamber 168 (Owned by Loren)
Current Users Start Exp. End What

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Chamber 169 (Owned by Loren)
Current Users Start Exp. End
Mariana May 2019 Dec 2019 H. argophyllus

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Chamber 170 (Owned by Loren)
Current Users Start Exp. End
Mariana March 2017 Dec 2018 sunflowers
name date (month) date (month) e.g annuus plants

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Chamber 187 (Owned by Loren and J. Whitton)
Current Users Start Exp. End
name date (month) date (month) e.g annuus plants
name date (month) date (month) e.g annuus plants
name date (month) date (month) e.g annuus plants

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Chamber 114 (Rented from Botany)
Current Users Start Exp. End
name date (month) date (month) e.g annuus plants
name date (month) date (month) e.g annuus plants

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