The University of Minnesota, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES)/Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Containment Facility (hereafter called "the Facility") consists of a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) Insect Biocontrol Facility and a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) Plant Pathology Research Facility.
The BSL2 opened in 2003 and the BSL3 opened in 2008. Together, the BSL2 and BSL3 encompass over 7,000 square feet of growth chamber, laboratory, rearing, and greenhouse space. The Facility is jointly operated by the MAES and the MDA. Both the BSL2 and BSL3 are operated under a permit issued to the MDA by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). This Facility is the only one of its kind in the Midwest.
The BSL2 supports research and release of imported natural enemies for biological control of exotic insect pests and noxious weeds. The BSL3 supports research on a variety of economically important plant diseases caused by pathogens not yet established in Minnesota.
For more information on Facility Access, contact a Quarantine Officer (see below).
Stephanie Dahl, Quarantine Officer
651-231-8846 (direct) • 612-626-6411 (fax)
MAES/MDA Plant Containment Facility, University of Minnesota