The Controlled Environment Systems Facility (CES)provides a complete research venue suitable for the measurement of plant growth, gas exchange, volatile organic compound (VOC) evolution, and nutrient remediation in a precisely controlled environment. The facility is comprised of 24 sealed environment chambers including 14 variable pressure plant growth hypobaric chambers capable of sustaining a vacuum. CES’s personnel have extensive experience in the fields of plant physiology, environment analysis, and sensor technology.

The objectives of the CES Facility are to enhance our services and to establish the Facility as a preferred source of whole-plant research. A facility of this size and capabilities has prospective customers in numerous diverse industries including aerospace (closed environment plant-based life support research, test bed for new plant and environment sensor technologies), chemical (fertilizer, pesticide efficacy), plant production (plant productivity trials), and university (basic research in plant growth and physiology). Our goals include the promotion of new and emerging technologies and participation in partnerships exploiting space technology such as environment sensors.


Dr. Mike Dixon is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Environmental Sciences and Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF), University of Guelph. As project leader for the Canadian research team investigating the contributions of plants to life support in space, Dr. Dixon formed the Space and Advanced Life Support Agriculture (SALSA) program at the University of Guelph. The CESRF is among the world’s leading research venues for technology developments and research dedicated to studying plant and microbial interactions in advanced life support systems. The technical “pull” of space exploration has aided the development of a wide range of technologies that have spun off into applications in terrestrial agri-food sectors and most notably the phyto-pharmaceutical (medicine from plants) sector in recent years.

  • Mike Dixon

    Dr. Mike Dixon

    Professor Emeritus and Director, Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility

Event details

Date: May 18, 2023

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Philipp Kornitzky
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Advanced Technologies Branch


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