Plant Factory

Plant Factory : An Indoor Vertical Farming System for Efficient Quality Food Production

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Plant Factory: An Indoor Vertical Farming System for Efficient Quality Food Production provides information on a field that is helping to offset the threats that unusual weather and shortages of land and natural resources bring to the food supply.

As alternative options are needed to ensure adequate and efficient production of food, this book represents the only available resource to take a practical approach to the planning, design, and implementation of plant factory (PF) practices to yield food crops. The PF systems described in this book are based on a plant production system with artificial (electric) lights and include case studies providing lessons learned and best practices from both industrial and crop specific programs.

With insights into the economics as well as the science of PF programs, this book is ideal for those in academic as well as industrial settings.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 25.4mm | 880g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0128017759
  • 9780128017753
  • 317,654

Table of contents

Part I Overview and concept of closed plant production system (CPPS) 1. Introduction 2. Role of plant factory with artificial lighting (PFAL) in urban areas 3. PFAL business and R&D in the world - current status and perspectives 4. Plant factory as a resource-efficient closed plant production system 5. Micro- and mini-PFALs for improving quality of life in urban areas 6. Rooftop plant production systems in urban areas

Part II Basics of physics and physiology - Environments and their effects 7. Light 8. Physical environmental factors and their properties 9. Photosynthesis and respiration 10. Growth, development, transpiration and translocation as affected by abiotic environmental factors 11. Nutrition and nutrient uptake in hydroponic systems 12. Tip burn 13. Functional components in leafy vegetables 14. Medicinal components 15. Production of pharmaceuticals in a specially designed plant factory Part III System design, construction, cultivation and management 16. Plant production process, floor plan and layout of PFAL 17. Hydroponic systems 18. Seeding, seedling production and transplanting 19. Transplant production in closed systems 20. Photoautotrophic micropropagation 21. Biological factor management 22. Design and management of PFAL 23. Automated technology in plant factories with artificial lighting 24. Life cycle assessment 25. Education, training, intensive business forums on plant factories Part IV PFALs in operation and its perspectives 26. Selected commercial PFALs in Japan and Taiwan 27. Challenges for the next-generation PFAL 28. Conclusions: resource-saving and resource-consuming characteristics of PFALs
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" Plant Factory is very useful for a beginner interested to venture into crop production using plant factory system. It provides a comprehensive information from all aspects of crop production under a housing or factory system, inclusive the design of the structure and lighting and their mantainance. I would recommend it to be used as a textbook for horticulture course on vegetables production system where land is limited such as in urban areas. The science or technical know-how is very strong as a lot of research has been conducted to support the claims. It is quite unusual for a book to even provide information on the training centre whereby a trainee can register himself or herself. As it mentioned, this system of vegetables production is rather costly and the economics or cost-benefit analysis should be included as one of the main topic in the book. Also, the risk or probability of failure of the entrepreneur investing in this system to succeed or make money should also be highlighted. Also, it will be quite useful to know the perception of customers or how to convince the customers to pay more for the vegetables produced in the plant factory." -- Prof. Dr. Che Fauziah Ishak, Universiti Putra Malaysia
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"Plant Factory is very useful for a beginner interested to venture into crop production using plant factory system. It provides a comprehensive information from all aspects of crop production under a housing or factory system, inclusive the design of the structure and lighting and their mantainance. I would recommend it to be used as a textbook for horticulture course on vegetables production system where land is limited such as in urban areas. The science or technical know-how is very strong as a lot of research has been conducted to support the claims. It is quite unusual for a book to even provide information on the training centre whereby a trainee can register himself or herself. As it mentioned, this system of vegetables production is rather costly and the economics or cost-benefit analysis should be included as one of the main topic in the book. Also, the risk or probability of failure of the entrepreneur investing in this system to succeed or make money should also be highlighted. Also, it will be quite useful to know the perception of customers or how to convince the customers to pay more for the vegetables produced in the plant factory." -- Prof. Dr. Che Fauziah Ishak, Universiti Putra Malaysia
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About Toyoki Kozai

Oyoki Kozai Japan Plant Factory Association (NPO) c/o Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences, Chiba University 6-2-1 Kashiwa-no-ha, Japan Telephone: 81-4-7137 -8114, Fax: 81-4-7137 -8114 Email address: kozai@faculty.chiba-u.jp Chief Director, Association for Plant Factory Managers Chief-Director, Japan Plant Factory Association (NPO) Professor Emeritus of Chiba University Summary of Academic achievements Publications: 270 original papers, 140 review papers, 159 miscellaneous papers, 171 book or book chapters, 7 translations of books from English to Japanese Patents: 20 active patents, 50 approved patents in total Number of Invited Lectures at International Meetings: 47 Number of Invited Lectures at National Meetings: 85 National and International Awards 2009 Awarded for Lifetime Achievement from The Society for In Vitro Biology 2003 Awarded for outstanding contribution from Japanese Society of High Technology in Agriculture 2002 Purple Ribbon Award from Prime Minister of Japanese Government for the academic achievement of environmental studies in biology. 2002 Friendship Award from Chinese Government for the 2003 achievement of outstanding contribution to Chinese horticultural industry 2000 Fellow, Japan Association of International Commission of Agricultural Engineering 1997 Japan Prize for Agricultural Science for the academic achievement "Growth Regulation and Mass-propagation of in vitro plantlets by Physical Environment Control" awarded by Japanese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and by Yomiuri Newspaper Co. 1992 Prize for academic achievement in "Environmental Control in Photoautotrophic Plant Tissue Culture" awarded by Japanese Society of Environment Control in Biology. 1991 Prize for academic achievement in "Fundamental Research on Environmental Control Methods for Factory-type Transplant Production" awarded by Japanese Society of High Technology in Agriculture. 1982 Prize for academic achievement in "Solar Light Transmission in Greenhouses" awarded by the Society of Agricultural Meteorology of Japan Texas AgriLife Research at El Paso and Texas A&M University, TX, USA Genhua Niu Associate Professor Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at El Paso, Texas A&M System El Paso, 1380 A&M Circle, TX 79927 Phone: 915 859 9111 Ext 232; Fax: 915 859 1078 Email: gniu@ag.tamu.edu; URL: http://elpaso.tamu.edu/Research/Index.htm Areas of Expertise * Environmental stress physiology* Modeling and crop production under controlled environment* Nutrient and salinity management for efficient use of water and fertilizer* Micropropagation Dr. Genhua Niu is an off campus faculty at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at El Paso with 100% Research Appointment. Her areas of special expertise are in environmental stress physiology and plant production in controlled environment. Her current research areas include identifying drought and salt tolerant low water use plant materials for urban landscape, quantifying growth and physiological responses of crops to drought, salt and heat stresses, and determining the minimum water requirement for urban landscape plants for maintaining a healthy landscape while conserving water. In addition, Dr. Niu is also working on evaluating the salt and drought tolerance of a range of bioenergy crops and vegetables for the semi-arid region. As a researcher at an off campus research center, Dr. Niu closely works with county extension agents on local extension programs. She also collaborates with faculty members at the Department of Horticultural Sciences, other research centers, and colleagues at other universities on research programs and graduate student education by co-advising and serving as a graduate committee member. In professional society service, Dr. Niu has been active by serving as officers of several working groups for American Society for Horticultural Science and USDA regional meetings. Professional Recognition: * Extension Communications Award by Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science. Mengmeng Gu, Dotty Woodson, Bart Drees, Steve George, Joe Masabni, Monte Nesbitt, Kevin Ong, Tony Provin, Benjamin Wherley, Doug Welsh, Genhua Niu, John Pitt, Christin LaChance, Charriss York, Richard White, James Thomas, Charles Fontanier, Jonathan Smith, Reagan Hejl.*2014. Earth-Kind Landscape Management.* Bridget Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science, 2010. Host: Chiba University from Nov 6 to Dec 11, 2010.* USDA CSREES National Water Program Award for Outstanding Integrated Activities for Water Resources, Rio Grande Basin Initiative Team Member, 2007.* First USDA national teamwork award for integrated water resources, ranked number 1 out of 37 nominations.* Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence, Rio Grande Basin Initiative Team Member, 2006, Texas A&M University Agriculture Program.* Post-doctoral research Fellowship of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), 1997 - 1998, Chiba University, Japan.* Japanese Government Scholarship recipient, 1992 -1997, Chiba University, Japan
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