Urban Ag News the most favorable environmental parameters to optimize growth, yield and to prevent tipburn for indoor farm lettuce crops.
In this installment of Urban Ag News' OptimIA series, David Kucack conducts an interview with Erik Runkle (Michigan State University) and Chieri Kubota (Ohio State University) to discuss the OptimIA project's efforts to share their indoor farm research findings with the controlled environment agriculture industry and the public through a variety of educational and informational outlets.
In this installment of Urban Ag News' OptimIA series, David Kucack conducts an interview with Erik Runkle and Roberto Lopez (Michigan State University) to discuss their research studying the impact that light and its interaction with other environmental parameters can have on indoor leafy greens production.
In this installment of Urban Ag News' OptimIA series, David Kucack conducts an interview with Murat Kacira (University of Arizona) and Cary Mitchell (Purdue University) to discuss how the OptimIA project is working to solve the environmental control issues facing indoor farm growers.
In this installment of Urban Ag News' OptimIA series, David Kucack conducts an interview with Erik Runkle (Michigan State University) and Chieri Kubota (Ohio State University) to learn more about the OptimIA project and their mission to offer production and economic information that is useful, timely and applicable to the indoor farm industry.
In this installment of Urban Ag News' OptimIA series, David Kucack conducts an interview with Simone Valle de Souza (Michigan State University) to discuss the profitably of leafy greens when grown in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) conditions and whether consumers are willing to pay a higher price for CEA grown produce.
In this installment of Urban Ag News' OptimIA series, David Kucack conducts an interview with Roberto Lopez (Michigan State University) to explore the research conducted by the OptimIA project including how the environment can be manipulated to improve crop quality, increase yields and change the plant morphology of leafy greens.
Chieri Kubota, Samuel Offenbecher, and Robert Conrad
In this fourth installment of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about indoor farming, the OptimIA Economics Team presents their latest consumer survey results concerning consumer preferences and willingness to pay for Indoor Ag-grown leafy green lettuce attributes. Parts 1, 2 and 3 were in the May, Augu
This e-GRO Alert reports our most recent trial testing 20 selected cultivars of lettuce grown under controlled environment to find their sensitivity to tipburn.
In part three of Inside Grower's four-part series, OptimIA researchers continue to answer questions about indoor farms. Part three focuses on answering questions about leafy greens grown in indoor vertical farms.
Kubota, C., E. Runkle, C. Mitchell, and R. Lopez. 2022. Answering Key Questions About Indoor Crops. Inside Grower 10(4):14–15.
In part two of Inside Grower's four-part series, OptimIA researchers continue to answer questions about indoor farms. Part two focuses on answering questions concerning "lighting, carbon dioxide enrichment, co-optimization and sterility".
Runkle E., M. Kacira, and C. Mitchell. 2022. More Questions Answered. Inside Grower 10(3):16–17.
Researchers answer the question of whether it matters how a daily light intergral is delivered by investigating the interactions between the PPFD and photoperiod on lettuce growth.
Researchers tailored the light spectrum for each growth phase of indoor hydroponic lettuce to determine how a fixed light spectrum directly compares to dynamic light spectra when it comes to crop yield and size, and is it worth moving seedlings to different light spectrums or investing in color-turnable light fixures.
Today, growers can choose from a wide range of LED fixtures with different specifications. The selection depends on factors including the fixture cost, efficacy (the photon output per unit energy), the light spectrum, the form factor, and the light responses of crops.
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The demand for LEDs is huge, and based on the promising science and engineering behind the technology, it is justifiable. Has the demand outpaced the reliable supply of component parts? Will the industry mature fast enough to alleviate the technology’s implementation issues? While we are optimistic, as with any new technology, it is important to know that there can still be some hiccups with commercial implementation
In this third article of a four-part series, researchers from Michigan State University share science-based information about indoor production of leafy greens and herbs.
In this second article of our five-part series on culinary herb research at Michigan State University (MSU), we will highlight the results of pushing the lighting and carbon dioxide envelope during the production of dill, parsley, and sage seedlings indoors without sunlight.