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Biological Sciences Greenhouse


Ohio State has supported a biological greenhouse for more than 125 years. Today’s facility includes an insectary with 130 species of insects and arthropods; an exotic mosquito rearing facility, research labs, growth chambers, prep room. These serve research and teaching needs of ASC researchers working in population ecology; systematics and evolutionary biology; anatomy and developmental biology; genetics and biotechnology; physiology and toxicology; molecular biology; and integrated pest management and biological control. The Conservatory — where tropical and desert rooms provide climate-friendly environments for more than 1200 thriving tropical and desert plant species from all over the world — is a popular haven on this roof-top greenspace, particularly in winter.

It also houses a USFWS Plant Rescue Center and staff provides tours and hands-on learning opportunities for 2,000, K-12 local school groups annually, along with hosting countless art classes.




    Biological Specimens

    • Angiosperms ( Biological Specimen )

      Plants that reproduce via seeds housed inside of fruit. Most of our tropical plant collection are classified as angiosperms.

    • Carnivorous Plants ( Biological Specimen )

      Plants that have special adaptations to attract and capture live insects as a nutritional source. Venus fly traps, sundew, pitcher plants are all examples.

    • Desert Plants ( Biological Specimen )

      Plants that require higher light, higher temperatures and lower humidity than plants that grow in temperate regions. Cacti and succulents fit this category.

    • Economic Plants ( Biological Specimen )

      Plants that are grown with an economic purpose. Examples include cotton, chocolate, cinnamon, pistachios, bananas and sugar cane.

    • Ferns ( Biological Specimen )

      Non-flowering plants that reproduce via spores. Plants such as the Boston fern, birds nest ferns, staghorn ferns.

    • Gymnosperms ( Biological Specimen )

      Plants that reproduce via seed not contained in a fruiting body, rather a cone. Gnetum, welwitschia and cycads are housed at our facility.

    • Non-vascular Plants ( Biological Specimen )

      Non-vascular plants lack xylem and phloem that transport water and nutrients to the plant structures. Non-vascular plants include mosses, liverworts and hornworts

    • Tropical Plants ( Biological Specimen )

      Plants that require higher light, higher temperatures and higher humidity than plants that grow in temperate regions. Most houseplants fit this description.

    Organisms and Viruses

    • Tropical and Desert Plants ( Organism or Virus )

      We will loan out plants ONLY to OSU courses on a short term basis to supplement classroom laboratory experiences.

    Resource Collection


    • Biological Sciences Greenhouse Tours and outreach ( Support service )

      Tours of the greenhouse facility are provided to members of the community, such as schools, scout groups and childcare centers, to supplement classroom learning in a hands on manner. In addition, we provide tours for campus affiliated faculty, staff and student groups.

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