Research Facilities & Resources

Working or studying in the Plant Science Department gives you access to excellent teaching and research facilities.

Agronomy Research Centre, Emile A. Lods

Contact: MARC.SAMOISETTE [at] MCGILL.CA (Email)   |  T: 514-398-7958

The Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre has excellent facilities for agronomic and agro-environmental field research, with research land, perennial plantations, buildings and specialized equipment. Qualified and professional assistance is available on site.

CT Scanning Laboratory for Agricultural and Environmental Research

Contact: pierre.dutilleul [at] (E-mail )

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.

Greenhouse (Research) & Growth cabinets (Phytorium)

Contact: sarah-ann.persechino [at] (Email)  T: 514-398-7771

Research Greenhouse: 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 and an integrated database system.

For research using natural soils please read: SOP - Use of Natural Soils in the Research Greenhouse

Phytorium: The Phytorium is equipped with controlled-environment cabinets for plant growth and plant tissue culture. Qualified and professional technical assistance is available on site.

Please familiarize yourself with the specific COVID-19 Rules and Regulations in the Phytorium and Research Greenhouse

To reserve space in the Phytorium or the Research Greenhouse:

  1. For information on the rules and regulations for the Phytorium and Research Greenhouse please read the Phytorium and Research Greenhouse Manual.
  2. Download and complete the Approval Form and have it signed by the Research Supervisor.
  3. Complete and submit Space Reservation Form. Make sure to attach the signed Approval Form to your submission. PLEASE NOTE: You will need your McGill credentials in order to view this form.

You will be contacted when your space is available and ready.

Herbarium, McGill University

Contact: frieda.beauregard [at] (Email)

The McGill University 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.

Horticulture Research Centre

Contact: Michael.bleho [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-7875

The Macdonald Campus has excellent facilities for horticultural field research, with research land, perennial plantations, buildings and specialized equipment. Qualified and professional assistance is available on site.

Microscopy Facility

Contact: youssef.chebli [at] (Email)   |  T: 514-398-4455   #8174 (microscopy facility)   #8172 (office)

The microscopy facility of the department of Plant Science is located in the Raymond Building. The facility offeres services ranging from sample preparation to image analysis. Numerous sample preparation tools for light and electron microscopy as well as a tabletop scanning electron microscope, many light microscopes and an Imaris® image analysis workstation are available on site to facilitate preparation, acquisition and analysis of the data.

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