The $340,000 greenhouse complex is intended to strengthen N.C. State’s infrastructure at the 350-acre biotech hub in Kannapolis, which is focused on health, nutrition and agriculture.
The complex is on Glenn Avenue, about a mile from the human-health institute’s campus facilities.
N.C. State’s scientists at the research campus study plants — mainly fruits and vegetables — to find ways to improve human health.
The greenhouses provide roughly 10,000 square feet of additional space for plant trials, including the study of broccoli and strawberries. It also allows the human-health institute to rent space or collaborate on research with other campus operations and businesses.
“The new greenhouses play a critical role by providing additional lab space in a controlled environment, which should accelerate the research,” says Allan Brown, an applied molecular geneticist with the institute.