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Special Issue "Precision Agricultural Technologies for Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: greenhouse; hydroponics; vertical farming; information systems; computational fluid dynamics
Interests: precision livestock farming; algorithms; animal health and welfare monitoring; sensors for animal monitoring; real-time management and control of anal production
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Enhancing the EU's resilience to climate change and food security requires investment in a low-carbon economy that promotes energy efficiency and the uptake of green products. The recent proliferation of technical innovations in agriculture and emergence of the Agri-Tech Industry demonstrates how socio-economic benefits to EU citizens can be derived from tackling food production problems linked with greenhouse gas emissions, over consumption of energy and water. One such issue is search for novel approaches for indoor food production to sustainably feed highly urbanized regions. The presents new challenges to the field of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), and makes it ripe for new thinking to underpin innovations required to meet emerging indoor food production techniques that are a necessary part a resilient EU agricultural sector. CEA is "an integrated science- and engineering-based approach to provide specific environments for plant and animals productivity while optimizing resources including water, energy, space, capital and labour. A more efficient plant and animal production is only possible when improving the control of the processes and factors involved.
This Special Issue aims to discuss various sustainability issues related to controlled environment agriculture. This will include:
- the development and implementation of precision agriculture technologies and techniques for animal or crop health or welfare monitoring,
- novel structures and systems design for energy efficiency and emissions reduction,
- improved control of the animal/crop micro-environment,
- development and testing of new materials and novel modelling aspects.
We invite you to contribute to this issue by submitting original research papers along these topics, comprehensive reviews and specific case studies that focus on methods, models, techniques and analyses applied to controlled environment agricultural systems. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bartzanas
Prof. Dr. Tomas Norton
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- livestock buildings
- vertical farming
- environmental assessment
- decision support systems