Growing plants in controlled environments (growth chambers and greenhouses) significantly or completely removes the impact of (adverse) weather conditions. As a result, while facilities costs can be high), an increased production per unit area can typically be realized. This is an important benefit of controlled environments, especially when they are located close to large population centers. Despite this benefit, there is still a significant growth potential for controlled environment agriculture. Relatively few people have detailed knowledge and expertise related to controlled environment agriculture and this research project allows for this relatively small group of individuals to discuss issues related to managing and using such facilities. Energy use and sustainability while mainating optimual plant production are issues that pose significant challenges that can better be solved through information exchange and collaboration among the various stakeholder groups.
|Effective start/end date||6/1/10 → 9/30/16|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))