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 Sciences Greenhouse
Plants that reproduce via seeds housed inside of fruit. Most of our tropical plant collection are classified as angiosperms.
Plants that have special adaptations to attract and capture live insects as a nutritional source. Venus fly traps, sundew, pitcher plants are all examples.
Plants that require higher light, higher temperatures and lower humidity than plants that grow in temperate regions. Cacti and succulents fit this category.
Plants that are grown with an economic purpose. Examples include cotton, chocolate, cinnamon, pistachios, bananas and sugar cane.
Non-flowering plants that reproduce via spores. Plants such as the Boston fern, birds nest ferns, staghorn ferns.
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 lack xylem and phloem that transport water and nutrients to the plant structures. Non-vascular plants include mosses, liverworts and hornworts
Plants that require higher light, higher temperatures and higher humidity than plants that grow in temperate regions. Most houseplants fit this description.
We will loan out plants ONLY to OSU courses on a short term basis to supplement classroom laboratory experiences.
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.