Special Issue "Future Development Trends of Intelligent Greenhouses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2022 | Viewed by 2919
Interests: decision support systems; greenhouse technology; crop modeling; microclimate; early stress detection; soft sensors; cultivation monitoring; environmental assessment; controlled environment farming
Covering crops and production in protected environments had for a long time mainly been a solution with a plastic or a glass cover, more or less climate controlled. In more advanced systems, options for automated climate regulation with various actuators being controlled by a climate computer are standard. Modern greenhouses are equipped with loads of technology and can be operated regardless of the outside climate conditions and geographical location. The extension of production to cooler seasons and the production in harsh climates enable year-round production. This contributes, on one hand, to climate resilience in crop production, but on the other hand, also to energy consumption for cooling, heating, and supplementary lighting. To tackle these problems, among others, greenhouse technology is evolving and through combinations of hardware components, microsensors, mathematical models, and software, the trend moves to climate, resource, and crop quality/yield-optimized intelligent greenhouse systems. Next to optimizing the relation of crop production and resource consumption, internal logistics and various labor steps are taken over by robots, and in some places, drones could be observed, too. In intelligent greenhouse systems, information from sensors is used for both decision support and computerized climate control, and the first steps toward autonomous greenhouse production have already been taken. In this Special Issue, we address all aspects of progress toward intelligent greenhouses, with systems for production planning, cultivation monitoring and prediction, logistics and labor, as well as optimizing environmental issues with smart sensors or control.
Dr. Oliver Körner
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- climate control
- smart greenhouse
- decision support
- soft sensors
- autonomous greenhouse
- mathematical models
- resource optimization
- predictive control
- remote sensing
- digital twin
- production optimization