Collaborative Research Greenhouse

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The University of Detroit Mercy Biology and Chemistry programs, Health Sciences, Engineering, Architecture and Liberal Arts and Education Colleges are collaborating to build a Collaborative Research Greenhouse.

Currently, our students are using green spaces outside of Detroit Mercy because we have no research greenhouse.

The following are some of the different programs and ways the greenhouse will be used:

  • Growing plants which will then be used by biology labs and chemistry, sustainability and health sciences classes for numerous research projects. Growing our own plants instead of ordering them online will also save money.
  • Dr. Victor Carmona’s research projects on the environmental toxicology of roads salts and biological complexity on plant root dynamics as well as the water quality of an aquaponic system, pollination, food security, and climate change impact on crops from previous research projects can be expanded.
  • Previous, current and upcoming health-based, nutritional and specific anatomical tissues research projects from Dr. Kosi-Kupe’s Lab & US research patents and their link to diseases under different factors (physical, chemical and more) will use the greenhouse as well.
  • Numerous student independent projects and materials for science labs from other faculty members from the biology department including Dr. Nyutu, Maris Polanco and those who will join later with their respective research projects will find space in the greenhouse.
  • Civil and environmental engineering students will create a water collection system to be used in civil engineering sustainability-focused classes.
  • The greenhouse, designed by architecture students, will consist of new modern style low cost and low maintenance inner space using more efficient storage space technologies. These include storage spaces and benches made with recycled/sustainable materials, clear glass, solar power for lights and heating, inner and annex walls will be built with post-consumer materials and recycled plastic projects and much more.
  • Architecture students will also develop a modern rainwater collection system and the rainwater samples will be used for bio and chemistry classes.
  • These shared roles by multiple colleges will provide the opportunity for cooperation between faculty.
  • The greenhouse space will provide work-study hours for students focusing on sustainability, urban farming, biology, education and be used for volunteer opportunities, community outreach, early college and summer camp activity and demonstration tours.

Your support today brings us closer to making this a reality!

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