UK's leading research greenhouse launched in Aberystwyth

Once operating later this year, plants will be measured constantly as they grow Credit: Aberystwyth University

A £6.8-million plant research centre will be officially opened today by Aberystwyth University.

The Plant Phenomics Centre at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) will be the most advanced research greenhouse in the UK when it starts operating in about six months' time.

A fully-automated system will monitor and measure plants around the clock. The results will be analysed and used to breed more efficient plants.

It's an area of research that's seen as vital as the impact of global warming is increasingly felt and production costs such as fertilisers continue to rise.

The centre features the most advanced research greenhouse in the UK Credit: Aberystwyth University
Research will help to develop new plant and crop varieties Credit: Aberystwyth University