Plant Science and Technology Facilities

ADM Center for Agricultural Development

Located in the Agricultural Engineering building on MU’s east campus, this dedicated laboratory space designed specifically for student experiential learning provides space for valuable student-faculty interactions, enhanced student team learning, and capstone design projects. The hands-on space provides students with opportunities for experiential learning in the latest theories of biofuel development, food production and energy processing. The lab is segmented into four areas – a computer center where students can research and design their projects, a clean mechanical assembly area, an instructional area where students are introduced to computer-operated machines and welding, and offices where the students can form teams and plan projects.

Enns Entomology Museum

The Enns Entomology Museum, founded on July 1, 1874, holds about 5.75 million specimens of insects, arachnids and fossils and is particularly strong in its holdings of aquatic insects of Ozark streams, as well as the pinned collection of Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera and slide-mounted Acarina. The museum is of national and international importance because it is the primary source of insect and arachnid specimens representative of the Ozark Plateau, an area of biogeographic and systematic significance due in part to its high level of endemism. It serves as the cornerstone of the entomology program.

Henry Kirklin Plant Sciences Learning Laboratory

Lab equipment in this classroom includes a real-time PCR machine, which amplifies DNA by regulating temperature in cyclical programs, as well as a high-tech microscope. The lab was named after Henry Kirklin (1858-1938), who is widely believed to be Mizzou’s first Black teacher. Kirklin was a former enslaved person who became a prize-winning gardener, horticulturist and successful businessman.

Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station

Faculty maintain an active division presence at several farms and centers of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. This research is geared to making the most effective use possible of the state’s natural resource base, including its people resources, in an increasingly global economy. We strive to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

Plant Transformation Core Facility

The Plant Transformation Core Facility staff assists in developing transgenic approaches to address research questions. They make continued efforts in advancing transgenic technology to satisfy the needs of crop improvement and gene discovery. As part of an educational role, the staff provides technical training in plant tissue culture and transformation for undergraduate and graduate students, post doctoral researchers and other researchers.

Research Core Facilities

Core Facilities include the Cell and Immunobiology Core, DNA Core, Electron Microscopy Core, Molecular Cytology Core, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core, Proteomics Core, Structural Biology Core, and the Transgenic Animal Core. These facilities are housed in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center.

Tiger Garden

Tiger Garden, a predominantly student-run business, offers a full range of floral services to the MU community. They are housed on the main floor of the Agriculture Building and offer many seasonal specials. Their mission is to expand the educational process by combining traditional textbook learning with hands-on small business experience in an entrepreneurial environment.

Variety Testing

Each year the Variety Testing team tests over 600 corn and soybean varieties at 32 locations throughout Missouri. Selection of varieties that best fit a farmer’s production goals and challenges is an essential part of profitable grain crop production. They provide the reliable, unbiased, up-to-date information that makes that selection possible.