The laboratory and field facilities in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences are well-equipped for graduate study and faculty research. Greenhouses, growth chambers, mass spectrometry, controlled temperature germinators, low temperature storage facilities, seed technology laboratories, tissue culture laboratories, and equipment and facilities for histological, cytological, biochemical, physiological and molecular investigations are available for use. In addition, the Department has both turf, dryland and irrigated field laboratories and advanced field equipment. Extensive and unique facilities for radiation and chemical mutagenesis are available on the Washington State University campus.
We are excited about the future as we progressively move our laboratories to new facilities. The first building in the proposed biotechnology complex was completed May 2004. Known as the Vogel Plant Biosciences I building, it houses plant breeders, geneticists, and pathologists in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, as well as a plant transformation core laboratory from the Center for Integrated Biotechnology, and a number of USDA-ARS scientists. The Biotechnology Life Sciences building was the second completed building. A total of five more buildings — all interconnected — may eventually be built.
Excellent facilities for research are also available at the research and extension centers in Prosser, Puyallup, Mount Vernon unit, and Wenatchee.
University facilities such as the WSU libraries, Information Technology, Franceschi Microscopy & Imaging Center, Geoanalytical Laboratory, and advanced facilities for molecular genetics research augment departmental facilities.