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Is vertical farming the answer to our global food supply problem?

In their latest venture, two pioneers of indoor farming – Toyoki Kozai and Eri Hayashi – have collaborated with an impressive range of international experts to produce a new book: Advances in plant factories: New technologies in indoor vertical farming.

“Professor Toyoki Kozai and Dr Eri Hayashi have had a major influence on the advancement and global understanding of vertical farming,” says Christine Zimmermann-Lössl, Chairwoman of the Association for Vertical Farming, Germany.

“This new book addresses key topics such as energy modeling, the nutritional components of crops, and spectral manipulation. We see tremendous value in this latest publication from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing and are confident that it will become a standard reference book in this area,” she concludes.

The book provides an authoritative review of the latest research in the development and application of PFALs for a range of crops, including the application of machine vision, plant phenotyping, and spectral imaging to monitor plant health and growth.

PFALs are viewed by many as a more resource-efficient production model with less environmental impact. For example, when compared to conventional open-field production, PFALs have been proven to reduce water consumption by 90% per kg of produce and pesticide and herbicide usage by almost 100%.

And it’s the technology within the system that enables this.
“One of the core technologies of the PFAL derives from the use of an airtight and thermally insulated cultivation room with sensors for measuring all resource inputs, product outputs, environmental factors, and plant traits or phenotype,” says Professor Toyoki Kozai, co-editor of this new book.

“This means that plant environmental factors can be controlled at an optimum point with minimum resource inputs and waste outputs, regardless of local weather, soil, and ecosystem conditions,” he adds.

What makes this book particularly valuable is that it also addresses the continuing challenges that indoor farming faces. The editors, along with the contributing authors, identify where more research and investment are required to tackle some of the biggest obstacles facing indoor farming, including the current rate of resource consumption (electricity, plastics, and fertilizers), as well as the emission of greenhouse gases during the construction and operation of PFALs.

Receive 20% off your purchase of the book using code PFACT20 via the BDS Website. Discount code expires 30th November 2023.

For more information:
Katherine Lister, Marketing Executive
Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing
82 High Street, Sawston
Cambridge, CB22 3HJ, UK
Tel.: +44 (0) 1223 839365

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