On - Campus Facilities

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The Horticulture Department has been housed in the Plant Sciences Building since completion of the building in 1977. In addition to offices for faculty, staff, and graduate students, there are five research laboratories. The Department shares greenhouse and teaching laboratory space in the new state-of-the-art facility on campus known as the Rosen Alternative Pest Control Building. This facility includes computer-controlled greenhouse space, growth chambers, containment facilities for genetic engineering and biocontrol research. The Department also maintains turf plots and greens, orchards, vineyards, ornamental plant collections, and additional greenhouse space for teaching and research at the Arkansas Experimental Research and Extension Center (zone 7) located approximately 1.5 miles from campus.

Off - Campus Facilities

The Fruit Research Station at Clarksville  is 85 miles southeast of Fayetteville (zone 7). Much of the Department's fruit crops research is conducted there, including breeding programs for grape, blackberry, peach, blueberry, and nectarine. Cultivar testing on numerous fruit crops and cultural research on tree fruits, small fruits and grapes is also conducted at this site. This station has 230 acres of land, greenhouses, cold storage, and laboratory and office space. Research is directed by project leaders located at Fayetteville and managed locally by a Resident Director. A Research Specialist and support staff are also housed at the Fruit Substation.

The Vegetable Research Station at Alma is 50 miles south of Fayetteville (zone 8), and is a vital component of the Department's vegetable research program. Eighty-six acres of land, one plastic greenhouse, and cold storage for seeds and produce make this a valuable station. The Resident Director and two Research Specialists comprise the technical staff. Although this station is only 50 miles from Fayetteville, it provides a different environment due to elevation and topography differences. It provides excellent conditions in screening for disease and insect resistance and for stress adaptation.

The Southwest Research and Extension Center at Hope is 300 miles from Fayetteville (zone 8). Resident Research Specialists contribute major efforts to fruit, vegetable, and ornamental research directed by Department faculty.

The Southeast Research and Extension Center at Monticello (zone 8) is 286 miles from Fayetteville, and is devoted primarily to tomato research and extension. Research is directed by the Resident Research/Extension Specialist with Department faculty cooperate.