Charles Sturt University has over 25 operational laboratories ranging from standard through to physical containment level 3 (PC3). They are certified for work with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and designed to be accredited as Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP).
The University laboratory facilities include large bench space laboratories, preparation and wash up facilities, liquid nitrogen storage and dispensing area and specialist rooms for Microbiology, Microscopy, Molecular Biology, Parasitology, Tissue Culture and Virology.
Charles Sturt University's analytical capability encompasses a range of specialist equipment including the only Supercritical Fluid Extractor in Australia.
Other specialist equipment includes High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GCMS, GCMQTOF) and Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (LCMS, LCMWQTOF, LCMSQQQ).
Microscopy capability includes Scanning Electron, Fluorescent, Light, Confocal and Slide Scanner.
Charles Sturt University's Rhizolysimeter is the largest root growth and soil water research facility in the Southern Hemisphere.
The facility contains 24 intact soil monoliths (2500mm height and 740mm inside diameter) encased in 6mm steel tubes. The encased soil monoliths are arranged in two rows of 12 in an underground laboratory which allows access to the side of the soil monolith from 600mm-2500mm beneath the soil surface.
Phytotron & Growth Chambers
Charles Sturt University's Phytotron is a large, open plan space with areas for working with plants and soils including dehydrators, plant and soil
grinding rooms, cold rooms, dry storage area, vacuum digging equipment, and soil sterilisation and root washing facilities.
Housed within the Phytotron, the University's thirteen large growth chambers, including two specialist chambers for frost conditions and CO2, are temperature, light and humidity controlled to provide the perfect environment for plant and soil testing.
Charles Sturt University has several operational glasshouses ranging from standard to physical containment level 2 (PC2) with various size bays suitable for the largest or smallest of projects.
The state-of-the-art 400m2, three bay, PC2 GMO (Risk Level 2) glasshouse, completed in 2018, was designed and constructed for sustainability and optimal environmental control.
Field Trial Sites
Charles Sturt University’s research and demonstration sites allow replicated field trials under controlled conditions. These sites can be irrigated and monitored with in-field and remote sensing technology.
The field sites showcase new research findings, technologies and ongoing demonstrations with practical applications on crop production, crop protection and plant health, and outreach extension and teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.