FFWS is an international science and research workplace and places great emphasis on ensuring that the results of research immediately help in forestry and wood processing practice and get into recognized professional journals. All these activities are thanks to modern laboratories and equipment. Faculty constantly invests in all equipment and thanks to that our laboratories are one of the best in Europe.
In 2017, new laboratories of the Extemit project were opened. The newly renovated laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art scientific instruments used primarily for physiology, chemistry, and entomology. The electrophysiological laboratory is equipped with a gas chromatograph supplemented with an electroanntenographic and an ionization flame detector. It also contains an electrophysiological device for sensing electrical responses to individual olfactory sensors on insect tentacles. The devices allow the use of bark beetle (or other insect) antenna as a biological detector, which helps to identify which chemical compound the insect has olfactometric receptors for on the antenna.
The analytical chemical laboratory is equipped with instruments for the isolation of chemical compounds from natural materials and a powerful two-dimensional gas chromatograph supplemented by a mass spectrometer with a Time of Flight analyzer (TOF). Using this device, it is possible to separate volatile chemical compounds isolated from natural materials (such as bark, needles, and pheromone insect glands), even in very complex mixtures. This device is especially useful in combination with an electrograph, where certain chemical compounds have a response to the insect antenna, and it is necessary to identify them.
The renovated premises are also equipped with a bark beetle breeding station with the possibility of controlling the temperature, humidity, and light regime. There are also breeding boxes for genetic experiments, a cold room for storing logs with bark beetles, a laboratory for behavioural experiments, and a laboratory for insect sorting and biological work. In addition, there are also offices for postdoctoral and PhD students.
In 2018, new laboratories of the EVA4.0 project were opened and in 2019 new High- tech pavilion full of laboratories and workplaces was opened.