Plant Biology Graduate Program participants have access to numerous laboratory services, greenhouses, outdoor biological stations and other facilities required for research programs.
The Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology maintains core facilities in support of cellular and molecular biology research at The University of Texas at Austin. The facilities offer a full range of services in microscopy and imaging, nucleic acid and protein sequencing, peptide synthesis, mass spectrometry, proteomics, protein purification and analysis, next-generation sequencing, and x-ray crystallography.
The Mass Spectroscopy Facility in the Department of Chemistry offers analyses of diverse biomolecules by several methods of mass spectroscopy coupled with chromatography methods.
The Welch Greenhouse has a range of climate-controlled greenhouses and growth chambers that are on the 6th (top) floor of Welch Hall. A new state-of-the-art greenhouse and growth chamber complex will replace the Welch Greenhouse in 2017 on the main campus.
The Brackenridge Field Laboratory is an 82-acre facility, located 10 minutes from campus, which has numerous research greenhouses, controlled environment chambers, and field sites which are available for experimental studies.
The Stengl Biological Station (Lost Pines), is a 200-acre outdoor facility located 45 minutes southeast of campus, and is in the process of expansion to nearly 600 acres. The area combines the characteristics of the typical grasslands and woodlands of central Texas, the oak-dominated temperate deciduous regions of eastern Texas, and also relict elements of the pine forest which dominated the area 5,000 years ago. The "Lost Pines" area, because of its rolling topography, sandy substrates, and permanent springs, has retained the western-most stands of Loblolly Pine and bog-associated flowering plants, ferns, and bryophytes. This rich combination of Texas vegetation typical of old moister habitats with xeric elements which have since come in from the south provides an outstanding natural laboratory for studies in ecology and evolutionary biology. The availability of overnight accommodation for up to 14 people with austere but modern living facilities makes the field station a valuable resource for education and training in ecology and conservation biology.
The Culture Collection of Algae (UTEX) includes approximately 3,000 strains of freshwater and marine algae for unrestricted distribution to interested investigators.
The Plant Resources Center houses over one million preserved specimens maintained in two herbaria: the C.L. Lundell collection, mostly of tropical plants, and the Texas collection. It is the largest herbarium in the southwestern United States and ranked among the top 5 university herbaria in the country.
The U.T. Marine Science Institute has laboratories and boat facilities on the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas, about 200 miles from Austin. This provides access to a wide variety of beach, bay, Gulf shelf, and open Gulf environments. Buildings include a laboratory and classroom building, a pier laboratory over the Aransas Pass, dormitories and mess hall, and a library/auditorium building. Special facilities include a 105-foot research vessel (the Longhorn), a 57-foot trawler (the Katy), and outboard launches and skiffs. There are invertebrate, vertebrate, and algal reference collections and a library that contains some 8,000 books and 37,000 bound journal volumes in marine science and related fields.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources and supports many Plant Biology Graduate Program research projects.
The Texas Memorial Museum in the Texas Natural Science Center contains a collection of 5.7 million specimens in the disciplines of paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology.
The Animal Resources Center has 14,000 sq. ft. devoted to housing a variety of animals used in research programs. In addition to the caging areas, there are surgical suites and laboratories.