skip to primary navigationskip to content

Facilities and services

The laboratory runs a range of centrally managed facilities and services. The links below provide information about the equipment and facilities and how to find out more.

Plant Growth Facilities

With 42 controlled environment rooms and 300m² of growing space under glass, the new Sainsbury Laboratory is well equipped to provide excellent growing facilities for pioneering plant science research.


The Sainsbury Laboratory hosts a state-of-the-art advanced imaging facility for scientists working on several aspects of plant developmental biology, including live imaging of developing plant tissues, and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy. The facility currently has four major instruments, two stereo-fluorescence microscopes and several dissecting microscopes.

Tissue Culture Rooms

The Sainsbury Laboratory has a range of tissue culture rooms and is collaborating with manufacturers on trialing the latest tissue culture facilities.

Level 2 Containment Facility

SLCU is equipped with a Level 2 Containment Laboratory and a Level 2 Containment controlled environment room (CER) to carry out research using licenced plant-pathogenic microorganisms.

Seed Store

The seed bank provides a controlled environment in which to store plants such as Arabidopsis for over 200 years, whilst still maintaining 85-95% viability.

Software Development

Here, some of the public software projects developed at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge will be described. We have divided the projects into Bioinformatics / Image Processing / Modelling.

RSS Feed Latest news

Rare mineral discovered in plants for first time

Mar 05, 2018

A rare mineral that holds enticing potential as a new material for industrial and medical applications has been discovered on alpine plants through a collaboration between Sainsbury Laboratory and Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

Plants feel the heat

Feb 13, 2018

Sainsbury Laboratory scientists have solved a 79-year-old mystery by discovering how plants vary their response to heat stress depending on the time of day.

Fast-talking plants increase flower production within 24-hours of soil nutrient application

Jan 24, 2018

The molecular mechanisms enabling plants to quickly adapt their rate of flower production in response to changing nutrient levels in soil have been revealed by researchers at the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

Re-wiring cells by crossing kingdoms

Jan 22, 2018

Game-changing synthetic biology developments that could help address global health and agriculture challenges will be examined at a three-day international synthetic biology symposium at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, this spring (16-18 April 2018).

View all news