Greenhouse Planned for Research Park Gets Green Light

August 30, 2019

A modern, automated greenhouse will soon be constructed in the Research Park, with its purpose to engineer plants to more efficiently turn the sun’s energy into food to sustainably increase worldwide food productivity.

The greenhouse will be built to house research for the RIPE Project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the U.S. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. The RIPE Project is led by University of Illinois College of ACES professor Steve Long. 

It will be located on the east side of Fourth Street between St. Mary’s Road and Hazelwood Drive. 

“For a long time, we thought about having a greenhouse in the park as being conducive to growing an ag-tech community,” Research Park director Laura Frerichs said. “And this is an opportunity to partner with the Institute for Genomic Biology and the College of ACES to have a new greenhouse facility.”

The greenhouse aligns with the Research Park's mission to be a hub for agricultural technology innovation.

The News-Gazette reported on the project in its August 30 edition.