Sustainable Horticultural Energy Program

Sustainable horticultural energy goal is to develop and establish sustainability in horticulture locally, nationally and globally. The US farm bill official definition of sustainability has five parts: emphasizing productivity, environmental quality, efficient use of nonrenewable resources, economic viability, and quality of life. The five parts of sustainability are greatly affected by the system’s energy inputs/outputs and an energy efficient horticultural system can yield a sustainable horticultural system. The program’s goal is to improve sustainability in horticulture by improving horticultural energy management.

All of the research done in the Horticultural Energy lab is applied research, where the research outcomes are expected to be easily transferable to the commercial sector.

General research interests

  • Light-plant interactions: Light environment manipulation to improve plant production
  • Evaluation and modeling of energy conservation strategies in horticultural production systems (life-cycle-analysis)
  • Development and application of sustainable indoor growing systems (vertical farming)
  • Organic and sustainable crop production under Controlled Environment Agriculture