The colourful life of plants in a vertical farm

Leo Marcelis

In vertical farms all the production factors can be precisely controlled, making that we can precisely control the growth, development and quality of the crops. LEDs play a crucial role in this control. A number of examples will be presented on how to use different light spectra and intensities to control the growth, development and quality of plants and harvested products.

Optimization of light should be balanced with optimization of all other growth factors (e.g. temperature, CO2, humidity, plant spacing, water, nutrients, etc). Sensors, simulation models and artificial intelligence play an important role in optimizing the production systems and can ultimately be used to realise autonomous production systems.

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Opening ‘Vertical Farming Field Lab’ part of the conference program

field lab

Wageningen University & Research, BU Horticulture & Flower Bulbs and Delphy Improvement Centre, both established at the Horti Science Park in Bleiswijk, recently finished building their Vertical Farm facilities. The official opening of ‘Vertical Farming Field Lab’ will be held on Friday 1 October, prior to the Vertical Farming Conference.

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Vertical farming, a revolution in plant production – Presented by Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University

Leo Marcelis

Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference, on June 26, during AgriFood Innovation Event 2019 in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Today’s rapidly urbanising societies challenge our food system to feed cities. Vertical Farming can provide a secure and sustainable route to provide cities with fresh food. Advantages are: no pesticides, no nutrient emission, only 2-4 litres of water per kg produce, much less land use, less waste, and lower food mileage, though energy use is still high. Continue reading “Vertical farming, a revolution in plant production – Presented by Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University”