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Introducing the Bio-Safety Level 3 Plant Growth Facility

Just as humans have to deal with the H1N1 virus spreading across the world, plants face their own pathogens for which new immunities must be developed. Soybeans, wheat and barley, for example, are threatened by destructive stem and soybean rust.

In 2007, The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association completed construction on a specially designed facility on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota called the Bio-Safety Level 3 Plant Growth Facility (BL3).

It is one of only four of its kind in the country. Researchers are using the BL3 to develop new varieties of crops that can resist these devastating pathogens without fear of contaminating the surrounding area.

The BL3 Plant Growth Facility at the University of Minnesota from Dan Worku on Vimeo.

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