Forest Science Laboratory (FSLB)

1042 Agronomy Rd, College Station, TX 77843 - Map

The Forest Science Laboratory houses three separate groups. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM) maintains shop space and laboratories dedicated to processing soil and plant material for chemical analysis. Available equipment includes grinders and ovens for sample preparation and wet labs equipped with an atomic absorption mass spectrometer and an automated flash combustion nutrient analyzer. The ESSM also hosts the USDA Forest Service' Molecular Cytogenetics Laboratory. This facility, part of the Southern Institute of Forest Genetics, is the only laboratory in the country dedicated to the use of fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to study the genetics of forest trees. Finally, ESSM shares space with the Texas Forest Service (TFS) Tree Improvement Program and the Western Gulf Forest Tree Improvement Program (WGFTIP). The TFS maintains greenhouses and shop space to support operational tree improvement programs for both pine and hardwood species. The WGFTIP is a collaborative tree improvement program with members operating in five states and includes other state forestry agencies, major commercial forest landowners, and seedling suppliers. Three scientists and numerous support staff are located in the building.