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

Paperback | October 26, 2015

byToyoki KozaiEditorGenhua Niu, Michiko Takagaki

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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. Provides full-scope insight on plant farm, from economics and planning to life-cycle assessment Presents state-of-the-art plant farm science, written by global leaders in plant farm advancements Includes case-study examples to provide real-world insights

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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, th...

Oyoki KozaiJapan Plant Factory Association (NPO)c/o Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences,Chiba University6-2-1 Kashiwa-no-ha, JapanTelephone: 81-4-7137 -8114, Fax: 81-4-7137 -8114Electric mail address: kozai@faculty.chiba-u.jpChief Director, Association for Plant Factory ManagersChief-Director, Japan Plant Factory Associat...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:October 26, 2015Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128017759

ISBN - 13:9780128017753

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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 factoryPart 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 factoriesPart 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