BSL-2 Containment Facility:
Funded by a state bonding bill in 2000, the U of M MAES and the MDA partnered to build the BSL-2 and opened for research in May 2003. The goal of this BSL-2 facility is to provide a secure environment for research consisting of exotic insects for biological control of noxious weeds and insect pests in Minnesota.
BSL-3 Containment Facility:
Funded by a state bonding bill in 2004, the U of M MAES and the MDA partnered to build the BSL-3 and opened for research in February 2009. The BSL-3 facility provides research scientists from the U of M, MDA, USDA, US Forest Service and other organizations a secure high level containment for research on plant pathogens of agronomic and horticultural crops, nursery and forest industries without risk of introducing the pathogens into Minnesota. The BSL-3 is unique in that only a handful of these types of facilities exist in the United States.