Environmental Simulation Facilities

Head: Prof. Dr. Jörg-Peter Schnitzler

The objective of the Environmental Simulation Facilities is to elucidate the influence of global climate change on the growth, yield and health of food and energy crops and on biodiversity. The facilities’ infrastructure and expertise provide top-quality environmental simulation services and state-of-the-art methods of ecophysiology and mass spectroscopy. The research activities of the Experimental Environmental Simulation Facilities are focused on studies of the influence of environmental factors on the biosphere-atmosphere exchange of biogenenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs).


  • Highly qualified advice and assistance in planning and implementing simulation experiments
  • Complete execution of studies
  • Interpretation of studies
  • Assistance in applying ecophysiological methods (e.g. photosynthetic gas exchange, VOCs analysis)


  • Exposure chambers: walk-in chambers can be equipped with 4 small chambers and soil pans. Possibility of simulation of soil and microclimate, air composition
  • CO2, O3, NOx, trace elements such as VOCs) nature-like irradiation in the visible and shortwave UV range
  • Sun simulators: simulation of UVB radiation and high radiation intensities in visible light for photobiological studies
  • Research greenhouse: plant breeding under natural UV radiation, fumigation with CO2 and ozone possible
  • Ecophysiology: infrared spectroscopy, chlorophyll fluorescence, proton transfer reaction mass spectroscopy and GC-MS

Please visit the website of the Environmental Simulation Facilities for more information