APGC Seminar: Beyond the hype in vertical farming: Colourful life of plants

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2 – 3:30pm GMT+1

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Leo Marcelis, Head of the Chair Group Horticulture and Product Physiology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

About the Speaker

Prof Dr Leo Marcelis is head of the chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. This group holds a strong position in research and education on vertical farming, greenhouse horticulture and post-harvest quality.

His research focuses on sustainable production of high quality products in vertical farms and greenhouses; Leo has a strong background in plant physiology, crop monitoring, computational modelling and experimentation. He has extensively studied the physiology, growth and development of plants in order to improve sustainability and quality of crop production in greenhouses and vertical farms. In particular fluxes of assimilates, water and nutrients in the plant, sink/source interactions and partitioning among plant organs in response to abiotic constraints are subject of study. LED lighting is a major theme in his research. At the moment he is leading large multidisciplinary research programmes on vertical farming and on LED lighting in greenhouses in which universities and private companies cooperate.

About this seminar

The hype of vertical farming is over. Now we are back to realism. There are still some challenges, but also many opportunities for vertical farming. Reducing energy use and costs are key factors to success. After presenting what works well and what works less well in vertical farms, I will discuss some opportunities how LED lighting can be used to improve yield, quality and energy use efficiency.