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Pfizer Plant Research Lab Opens at NYBG

The Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory, which opened on May 16, 2006, marks a new era of scientific research at The New York Botanical Garden's International Plant Science Center.

The Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory, which opened on May 16, 2006, marks a new era of scientific research at The New York Botanical Garden's International Plant Science Center. A $23 million project, the state-of-the-art Pfizer Laboratory triples the Garden's current research capabilities and provides much-needed quarters to educate and train the next generation of plant scientists. The laboratory houses the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies and the Garden's Genomics Program, including the New York Plant Genomics Consortium. It also serves as a home base for the Botanical Garden's large Graduate Studies Program and provides meeting rooms for visiting scholars.

Gregory Long, President of The New York Botanical Garden, observes, "The Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory brings the Botanical Garden's International Plant Science Center the most powerful modern tools to investigate plants and fungi. The laboratory provides scientists and graduate students with a research facility equal in stature to the Garden's recently opened William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, LuEsther T. Mertz Library, and Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections."

The light-filled, two-story, 28,000-square-foot laboratory provides highly advanced scientific research facilities, including robotic workstations and a high-throughput DNA sequencer. It forms a centre for collaborative research in molecular systematics and plant genomics, serving scientists and graduate students from the Botanical Garden, but also from the region and elsewhere. The NYBG says that the Pfizer Laboratory is the largest and finest laboratory research facility in any botanical garden in the United States, enabling scientists to reconstruct the genealogy of plants and fungi and to probe the mysteries of genes and genomes.

Article details

  • Author(s)
  • David Hemming
  • Date
  • 18 May 2006
  • Subject(s)
  • Plant and animal genes and genomics