Providing services beyond the field

NIAB delivers a range of independent glasshouse services to industry and research customers via its glasshouse technical team. Crop husbandry experience in hundreds of different plant species has enabled us to deliver bespoke trials and other services, with a track record of designing and following protocols with full traceability.

Video tour

Let Glasshouse Specialist Hilary Papworth and Glasshouse Manager Benjamin Tea show you the facilities on offer at our glasshouse complex

NIAB Facilities  

  • Approx. 2200m2 of specialist glasshouse and plant growing facilities including spore-proof growth rooms, growth chambers, containment compartments and vernalisation areas
  • Environmentally controlled glasshouses with the ability to manipulate temperature and lighting
  • Various automatic irrigation systems
  • Supplementary lighting intensities includes LED
  • Supported by redeveloped offices and laboratories
  • BREEAM award winning conference centre facilities

NIAB's glasshouse services include:

  • Experimental design
  • Impartial assessment
  • Phenotyping
  • Data handling and analysis
  • Genetic resource maintenance
  • Seed production
  • Additional analytical services available via NIAB LabTest

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We specialise in tailored projects supporting academic and industrial partners, including collaboration on research. We offer a complete bespoke package from trial design, trial delivery, data collection, analysis and reporting. Product trials include composts, fertilisers, crop protection products and other types of professional and retail products. We also work on comparative growing trials for the assessment of varieties for quality and merit, phenotyping and quality control assistance such as establishing authenticity of plant material.

Contact the team

Mrs Hilary Papworth
Glasshouse Specialist

Mr Benjamin Tea
Glasshouse Manager