The holotape to activate this station can be found in the X-22 botanical garden. You can talk to it once it is brought back online. Its personality is akin to that of a suave smooth-talker. The biological research station refers to the Courier as 'baby' regardless of gender, and makes endless innuendos in reference to his or her "seed".
The biological research station will plant 11 types of seeds from the samples provided to it, which will sprout into harvestable plants. The plants can be harvested every 3 days that have passed in the Big MT. Conveniently, the harvestable plants are the same types that are able to be given to the biological research station in exchange for Salient Green on a 1 for 1 basis.
The following types of plants are grown by, and can be exchanged for, Salient Green at the biological research station:
When the room is fully harvested it produces 37 plant items that can immediately be exchanged for 37 Salient Green, which can in turn be cooked back into any of the 11 types of plants grown.
The plant conversion function will convert every applicable item in your inventory on the spot. To avoid the hassle of having to recreate any materials you don't want converted, it's best to store them in the nearby refrigerator.
ps3 Sometimes the white horsenettle plant can glitch causing it to fall right through the dirt, disappear upon touching the floor, and then spawn above the dirt- it will repeat this as long as you're in the room. If this is happening it is still possible to harvest the plant, although it will be difficult. [verified]
pcps3 At some point in the game, the Sink CIU won't refresh it's shop inventory and caps, additionally the research station won't respawn plants for harvest even after 3 in-game days.