Plant Biology Graduate Program participants have access to numerous laboratory services, greenhouses, outdoor biological stations and other facilities required for research programs.

The Center for Biomedical Research Support 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 Greenhouse has a range of climate-controlled greenhouses and growth chambers. Located previously on the roof of Welch Hall, a new state-of-the-art greenhouse and growth chamber complexon the roof of the Norman Hackerman Building replaces the Welch Greenhouse in 2017 on the main campus.

The Biodiversity Center is home to one of the largest and most diverse systematics collections in the country with over 9 million specimens, as well as world-class field stations. The Biodiversity Center provides scientists with opportunities to interact with and learn from millions of preserved specimens, living organisms and ecosystems. Within the Center, you’ll find:

  • The Brackenridge Field Laboratory is a unique urban research station located on 88 acres of land that borders the Colorado River along Lake Austin Boulevard. From the early days of the University of Texas, biologists have used this tract of land for research, teaching, and specimen collection, and since the establishment of the Field Laboratory in 1967, BFL has continued to evolve as a center for biodiversity research in Texas.
  • The Stengl Biology Station (Lost Pines), is a 200-acre outdoor facility located 45 minutes southeast of campus. 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 contains 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 Biodiversity Collections including collections of specimens of many organisms, genetic resources and the renowned Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center, which houses over one million preserved specimens maintained in two herbaria: the C.L. Lundell collection, mostly of tropical plants, and the Texas collection. UT Austin has the largest herbarium in the southwestern United States, which is ranked among the top 5 university herbaria in the country. 


The Culture Collection of Algae (UTEX) includes approximately 3,000 strains of freshwater and marine algae for unrestricted distribution to interested investigators.

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.

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