Providing the latest technologies and equipment for your research

The Plant Biology Department maintains several special purpose facilities in addition to our greenhouses, to help researchers get their work done. Plant Biology at Georgia has a tradition of aggressively pursuing and setting up the latest technological advances and equipment needed to do current research.

Members of Plant Biology also use other campus-wide facilities, such as the Molecular Genetics Facility, the Electron and Confocal Microscope Facility, and the Biological Sciences Computational Resource. The UGA Research Services Division provides a number of other useful services, including electronics and instrument shops.


The Plant Biology Department maintains over 200 networked Windows-based, nix-based, and Apple computers and servers. In addition to department-level services such as email and web servers, each lab within the department often uses specialized desktops, servers, and other equipment to perform tasks specific to that individual lab. We also maintain a general computer lab for use by graduate students and faculty. Plant Biology takes pride in pushing the limits of technology to ensure the highest level of teaching, learning, and research for our faculty and students.

Microscopy and Photography

Within the Plant Biology Department we have an Electron Microscopy (EM) facility. The EM lab is home to a Zeiss 902A Transmission Electron Microscope, ultramicrotomes, and a Balzers High Pressure Freezing Machine. Equipment and supplies are available for both light and electron microscopy specimen preparation. Several digital cameras are available for research purposes. The facility is staffed by Beth Richardson.

Laser Capture Microdissection

The P.A.L.M. Microlaser system is designed for the precise selection and collection of specific cell types (living or fixed cells) from all kinds of samples. It is considered state-of-the-art in the field of microdissection and uses laser pressure catapulting for collection of the samples for RNA and/or DNA isolation/analysis.

Genome Analysis

The campus resource for genome analysis is