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Scientists of the IGZ perform in Grossbeeren in the south of Berlin. The institute hosts a research building, an administration building, a library and experimental facilities (laboratories, greenhouses and fields). An additional area for field experiments is located in Golzow.

Laboratory building



Reopening of the laboratory building


working places in the lab building

600 qm²

working area in the lab building

In the lab building contains besides offices, laboratories with a huge variety of modern technical equipment. This facilitates the performance of experiments on varying scientific topics. In addition to physiological experiments, molecular and different metabolic measurements are feasible. Amongst others, devices for gas and liquid chromatography enable general and spcific detection of primary and secondary metabolites.

Greenhouse B (Cabin greenhouse)

The cabin greenhouse is used to perform experiments on the effect of climate in combination with water and nutrient supply on growth, morphology and physiology of plants and interacting microorganisms. The building contains 16 identical chambers with a ground area of 64m² each. All micrometeorological conditions as well as plant nutrition can be regulated independently. The cabins are equipped with three heating systems, aeration (50% roof area), high pressure air moisturization, CO2-supply, shading and illumination (5klx).

Every 4 cabins are supplied by one common facility for fertilizer composition. Nutrition and water supply occurs by drip irrigation or nutrient solution. All greenhouses are authorized for S1 experiments.



identical cabins


area per cabin

each 3

different heating systems

Greenhouse C (Practical greenhouse)



area in all 4 buildings


fertilizer components exactly adjustable

0.6 m

depth of soil in 9 beds

The seperate parts of the practical greenhouse are equipped for detailed investigation of the effect of water and nutrient supply on growth, water and nutrient use efficiency, morphology and physiology of plants.

Growth chambers

Ten walk-in growth chambers and 14 reach-in growth chambers enable cultivation of plants under  exactly defined environmental conditions.



reach-in growth chambers


walk-in growth chambers

- 5°C to + 40°C

Temperature range programmable

Greenhouse E ( Gas exchange greenhouse)



environmental gases applicable

Gas exchange

above and below ground continuously measurable

Urban emissions

and effects on plants reproducible

The gas exchange greenhouse is used to measure the photosynthesis of plants and of microorganisms that are connected to plants, in symbiosis or as competitors. As opposed to conducting measurements on single plants within a set time frame, the gas exchange in this facility is monitored continuously and on large batches of plants. Separate measurements are taken from the upper and lower parts of plants (above ground and below). The facility has eight chambers, all of which can be accessed and controlled individually, which makes it possible to set up the same experiment with different climate conditions, and collect the data without any time delay. It is also possible to introduce nine environmental gases into the chambers in order to recreate the specific atmosphere of a given city or region and to study the effects of pollutants on plants and microorganisms.

Greenhouse D (Open-sided greenhouse)

The open-sided greenhouse is designed to perform plant trials in small containers that are kept under field conditions. It is used for experiments that need to be conducted without the interference of natural precipitation or birds. Since the sidewalls of this greenhouse are made of wire, the air exchange happens automatically and the roof does not need a separate ventilation system. The facility is equipped with workbenches and connections for potable as well as desalted water.


Greenhouse without glass

enables natural air exchange


are kept away by grid walls

Aeration claps

are not required because of grid walls

Verwaltungsgebäude und Bibliothek

Opening hours library


opening times on appointment


Ine Haesaert

033701-78 165

The IGZ’s library is a public specialized scientific library with information resources in the fields of horticulture and related plant and environmental sciences. Its collection includes approximately 62,000 books and it currently holds subscriptions of 40 journals. The library also provides bibliographic services, document supply services, and literature search services.