- The Green Heart of Rhine-Waal -
Rhine-Waal University's Tropical Greenhouse was established in September 2012.
The Tropical Greenhouse is used extensively in a number of ways:
- Holding lectures for students
- Research and practical demonstrations using climate-controlled chambers
- Collecting and presenting tropical crops
- Providing a realistic, hands-on demonstration of biodiversity
- Preserving endangered plant species
- Holding events open to the public
The Tropical Greenhouse has a total area of 625 m2 and sits prominently on the Kleve Campus between the canteen and the library building on the Spoy Canal. It contains a seminar room, a plant room and a large climate-controlled greenhouse unit.
This unit consists of four research chambers and a main cultivation area for plants, which currently houses a collection of tropical crop plants. The climate-control functions allow us to simulate different climate zones, thus creating optimal growing conditions for a variety of different plant species. This variety not only enables students and researchers to conduct internationally-oriented projects and experiments, but also provides a practical teaching aid for students.
Like the plants it holds, the Tropical Greenhouse itself is growing – our future expansion plans include gardens for teaching and show, a “living blackboard” and a nature trail through vegetables. An additional 1,500 m2 is planned and already being prepared adjacent to the greenhouse.
Prof. Dr. habil. Jens Gebauer
Phone: +49 (2821) 806 73 - 218
E-mail: Jens Gebauer
Phone: +49 (2821) 806 73 - 639
E-mail: Franz-Josef Kuhnigk
Dipl.-Ing. agr. Julia Gorris
Phone: +49 (2821) 806 73 - 224
E-mail: Julia Gorris
Voluntary Ecological Year
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