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McGill's Macdonald Campus, home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and the McGill School of Environment, offers excellent teaching and research facilities.


Bioresource Engineering Machine Shop

This machine shop operates in support of teaching, research and research contracts. All standard shop manufacturing techniques can be utilized on wood, metals, plastics, and other materials. The shop has machine laths of different sizes, large drill press, milling machine, sheet metal machines, wood working facilities, extensive welding (electric, gas, etc. ) capacity, etc.

Contact: susan [dot] gregusatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


CT Scanning Laboratory for Agricultural and Environmental Research

This laboratory was established at Macdonald Campus in 2003. The facility, the first of its kind in Eastern Canada, enables the detailed, non-destructive study of plant, soil and animal structures, through 3-D images built from CT scans. Quantitative and statistical analyses are performed in a computer room adjacent to the CT scanner and operator rooms. (The facility is expected to be accessible to users other than the initial research group as soon as 2005.)

Contact: pierre [dot] dutilleulatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


Dairy Information Systems Laboratory

This group consists of researchers working towards the advancement of information technology in dairy management systems. They are affiliated with Valacta. Website


Ecological Agriculture Projects (EAP)

The EAP provides a documentation facility to those doing research on ecological agriculture.

Contact: john [dot] henningatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


Flow Cytometry Core Facility

This facility is equipped with a new BD FACSAria sorter and offers high speed fully sterile sorting and complex analytical services and the scientific expertise necessary to effectively use this technology. Researchers have the option to bring their samples for analysis or sorting, or to use in situ services. Website


Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory

The Lyman Entomological Museum is Canada's second largest insect collection, with 2.8 million specimens. Website


Macdonald Campus Farm

This farm has modern commercial-scale dairy, swine and poultry operations and specialized facilities for animal research. Website


Mary Emily Clinical Nutritional Research Unit

This unit is dedicated to in-patient and out-patient human nutrition experimentation using precisely controlled diets. It can support 12 research subjects on an in-patient basis. The facility is unique in Canada, in that it allows strict, in-house monitoring and testing of research subjects over prolonged periods while they consume diets prepared in house. Website


McGill University Herbarium

The Herbarium collects, preserves and catalogues plant specimens for research into plant systematics, cytogenetics, morphology and ecology. Its collections include over 135,000 plant specimens, which includes Dr. Andrew F. Holmes personal collection, The Lost Flora of Montreal, donated to McGill in 1856. It then formed the nucleus of what is now the McGill University Herbarium.

Contact: marcia [dot] waterwayatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail). Website.


Molson Nature Reserve

The reserve consists of 51 hectare of parcel land which provides habitat for wildlife and plant species.

Contact: james [dot] fylesatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


Morgan Arboretum

The arboretum is a unique 245-hectare forest research station located on the Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. A mosaic of remnant natural forest ecosystems, plantations, collection plantings of native and non-native trees species, and active and abandoned agricultural land, the Arboretum caters to researchers, educators and the general public. Website

Contact: infoatmorganarboretum [dot] org (Morgan Arboretum)


Pilot Plant

This is a combined research and teaching facility that houses food processing and fermentation equipment larger than can be accommodated in a laboratory. The space is shared primarily between the Department of Bioresource Engineering and the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry. The major equipment includes retorts for food sterilization, evaporator, plate heat exchanger, tube-in-tube heat exchanger, spray dryer, chiller, 3 hectoliter brewing system, plate and frame filter, keg filler, 3 analytical labs and several walk-in cold rooms.

Contact: Hosahalli [dot] Ramaswamyatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


Plant Science Field Research Facilities

The Macdonald Campus has excellent facilities for agronomic, horticultural and agro-environmental field research, with research land, perennial plantations, buildings and specialized equipment. External users are welcome, and qualified and professional assistance is available on site. Website

Contact: katrine [dot] stewartatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


Plant Science Research Greenhouses and Phytorium

The Department of Plant Science has modern computerized greenhouses for research, equipped with rolling benches, temperature control, RH misting, drip-irrigation with fertilizer injection, automatic shading, HP sodium lighting, biological pest control, CO2 injection and an integrated database system. The Department also operates a phytorium, equipped with controlled-environment cabinets for plant growth and plant tissue culture. Qualified and professional technical assistance is available on site. Website

Contact: ajjamada [dot] kushalappaatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory

Analytical support for researchers and organizations requiring analysis of plant and soil nutrients and soil biochemical and physical properties.

Contact: helene [dot] lalandeatmcgill [dot] ca (E-Mail)


Trace Metal Analysis Laboratory

This laboratory, located in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, is equipped with a range of highly sophisticated equipment for the analysis of metals in environmental media. Although equipment is available to analyse those metals that are abundant, such as Ca, Mg, Na, and K, we are also able to analyse trace levels of many metals using either Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy or Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. The later has the advantage of being able to rapidly measure a large number of elements present in parts per billion concentrations on a small volume of sample. Users can receive training on the equipment and take an active role in the analysis of their samples or samples can be run by our highly trained technician.

Contact: William [dot] Hendershotatmcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)