St. Paul Campus Facilities

The St. Paul campus features state-of-the-art facilities reserved for faculty and student use. 

Greenhouses and Classrooms

Collage of Greenhouse images.

The St. Paul Campus greenhouses support a wide range of teaching and research projects, across multiple departments and colleges.  The projects vary from aquaponics, plant breeding, disease resistance, insect control, organic production and much more.

Controlled Environment Growth Chambers

Collage plant growth chambers.

The MAES manages chambers with lighting appropriate for arabidopsis to soybean and corn. Researchers can also test the effect of light quality on plant growth with the use of the LED chambers. There are controlled environment chambers that can manage temperatures below freezing and higher temperatures to investigate heat effects on plants. 

Insect Quarantine Facility (BSL2)

St. Paul Campus - BL2 Collage.

The BSL-2 is a federally permitted facility that was constructed in 2003 to provide research scientists with the necessary containment for research on economically and ecologically important exotic insects and weeds. The goal of this BSL-2 facility is to provide a secure environment for research consisting of exotic insects for biological control of noxious weeds and insect pests in Minnesota. For more information on how to start a project in the BSL-2, contact a Quarantine Officer at 651-231-8846. 

Plant Pathology Quarantine Facility (BSL3)

Collage of Plant Quarantine Facilities.

The BSL-3 facility is a federally permitted facility that was constructed in 2008 to provide research scientists with the necessary high containment for research on economically and ecologically important exotic plant pathogens. The goal of this BSL-3 facility is to provide a secure environment for research on plant pathogens of agronomic and horticultural crops, nursery and forest industries without risk of introducing the pathogens into Minnesota. The BSL-3 is unique in that only a handful of these types of facilities exist in the United States. For more information on how to start a project in the BSL-3, contact a Quarantine Officer at 651-231-8846.

Field Plots

Collage of Ag Plots at St. Paul campus.

The St. Paul campus features land set aside for plant research. This land is divided into individual plots and may only be used by University research faculty and students.

UFore (Urban Forestry Outreach, Research & Extension) Nursery

St. Paul campus tree research plot.

While crops on the St. Paul campus research plots are typically rotated for agronomic benefit, some areas are designated for very specific purposes. Among these is space set aside for the Department of Forest Resources to conduct research on trees.

TROE Turfgrass Research and Outreach Center

St. Paul campus turf grass research plots.

The Turfgrass Research and Outreach Center includes both a USGA specification research green and a native soil research green.  We have completed the installation of an automated rain-out shelter that is used for research on turfgrass water-use and drought tolerance.

Animal Facilities

St. Paul campus livestock facilities.

Used jointly by the Department of Animal Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the St. Paul campus animal facilities include research and teaching facilities for dairy, beef cattle, swine, sheep and poultry. Other herds and flocks are located at ROCs throughout the state.

Leatherdale Equine Center

Leatherdale Equine Center.

The Leatherdale Equine Center and its Piper Clinic, along with the West Metro Equine Practice, serve the community by advancing the health, well-being, and performance of horses. The Center provides clinical services for horses, cutting-edge research, equine veterinary education, and classes and community events. Each year, the clinics, research, and outreach programs are proud to help more than 1,000 horses. These world-class facilities host a range of events and are available for rental.

Animal Waste Treatment Center

St. Paul campus livestock manure facility.

Animal waste from Animal Science and College of Veterinary Medicine is carefully removed and treated on campus at the Animal Waste Treatment Center. Once treated, the waste is used as compost.