Special Issue "Role of Vertical Farming in Modern Horticultural Crop Production"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: protected horticulture; plant factory (vertical farm); soilless culture; crop growth modelling; electrical lighting; functional-structural plant modelling (FSPM); deep learning algorithm; spectrum conversion film; canopy photosynthesis; transpiration; nutrient management
Vertical farming is a technology of growing crops in many stacked layers under fully-controlled conditions using artificial lighting, which can produce high yield and high-quality crops through the year. Recently medicinal plants have been grown to obtain phytochemicals. Indoor farm, indoor vertical farm, and plant factory with artificial light (PFAL) are other terms used for describing vertical farm.
The world population is growing rapidly. The stable supply of high-quality, safe, and beneficial foods to humans is becoming important, and the production of high-value crops for economic improvement is also important. Recently, attention has been focused on vertical farms that meet these requirements.
However, vertical farming has advantages such as intensive crop production, planned production throughout the year, high-quality production, high-speed and mass production, and clean production and labor-saving production, regardless of time and space. On the other hand, it also has disadvantages, such as excessive costs for initial investment and maintenance, difficulties in managing nutrition solutions, and the need for high value-added crops to improve economics.
Therefore, we strongly need the knowledge and technologies necessary to establish relevant theories and industrialization. From the academic and industrial perspectives, the role of vertical farming is becoming more important as a next-generation plant production system. This is why we propose a Special Issue on the “Role of Vertical Farming in Modern Horticultural Crop Production.
Prof. Dr. Jung Eek Son
Prof. Dr. Eiji Goto
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- Plant production
- Vertical farm
- Plant factory
- Artificial lighting
- Environmental control
- Energy use efficiency
- Medicinal plants
- Nutrient solution
- Light control
- Smart technology