Indoor Ag Sci Cafe – Could lighting improve the flavor of basil?

‘Photons = Flavor, the case study of basil’ by Dr. Roberto Lopez and Kellie Walters (Michigan State University) Roberto and Kellie work on lighting technologies for basil production and shared their most updated research on light intensities during young seedling stage of basil, affecting flavor profile and consumer liking in addition to yield and quality. […]

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Improving the profitability and sustainability of indoor leafy-greens production

A multi-university team of horticulturists, engineers and agricultural economists led by Michigan State University (MSU) has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study indoor production of leafy greens. Industry partners have matched funding, bringing the project total to $5.4 million. The investigators on the grant include: Erik Runkle, […]

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GLASE announces its 2019 webinar and technical articles series

Webinars The GLASE Webinar Series features the latest technological innovations and best practices in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry providing the participants an opportunity to discover new solutions and to connect with industry experts. The webinars are free. July 25 • 2-3 p.m. EDT – REGISTER HERESupplemental greenhouse lighting during propagationPresented by Erik Runkle […]

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e-Gro Industrial Hemp Webinar Series

A webinar series focused on greenhouse-grown industrial hempWhen: Thursdays, July 18 – August 8, 2019Time: 12:30 – 2 p.m. EST Heidi Lindberg, Michigan State University ExtensionIndustrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is cannabis cultivated to produce fiber, grain, biomass, or non-intoxicating medicinal compounds, such as cannabidiol (CBD).  Recently, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of industrial […]

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“Producing High Quality Microgreens under Sole-source Lighting” by Dr. Roberto Lopez (Michigan State University)

Indoor Ag Science Café in May started out with a presentation by Dr. Roberto Lopez on environmental factors affecting human-health promoting nutrients and growth of microgreens. This is an area of studies in which we expect to develop in the next few years, taking advantage of full capacities of controlled environment without being affected outdoor […]

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e-Gro: Reservoir Nutrient Solution Siphoning

Originally published on the e-Gro Blog Thu, Mar 21, 2019, created by Kellie Walters and Roberto Lopez If you are growing crops hydroponically in deep-flow or raft systems, one of the last things you want to see is an unusually low or empty tank. It is not uncommon for nutrient solution levels to be reduced […]

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Perspectives on Business Strategy and Economics of Vertical Agriculture

Two economists at MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio, Michigan State University, Chris Peterson and Simone Valle de Souza were presenting “Perspectives on the business strategy and economics of vertical agriculture”. Chris started out this month’s Café presentation by giving a strategic overview of indoor agriculture industry, followed by Simone’s proposed model-based optimization approach including crop yield […]

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e-Gro Blog shares new greenhouse disease management recommendations

New Greenhouse Disease Management Recommendations for Vegetables and Herbs Originally written by e-Gro (Heidi Wollaeger) on Jan 24, 2019 Dr. Mary Hausbeck in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University and her colleagues have released a new guide for disease management for vegetable and herb crops. The new guide provides […]

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e-Gro Nutritional Monitoring Series: Lettuce

e-gro Nutritional Monitoring Series: Lettuce Researchers from top universities have come together to create this series designed to assist growers of floriculture crops with nutritional monitoring. Below, we wanted to share the factsheet for lettuce! e-Gro Nutritional Monitoring Factsheet for Lettuce PDF   For more, visit fertdirtandsquirt.com

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Michigan ornamental growers extend season with greenhouse vegetables

Looking to take advantage of the increased demand for locally-grown and a better quality product, ornamental plant growers in Michigan are adding a variety of greenhouse vegetable crops. Ornamental plant growers in Michigan are looking to extend their selling season by producing greenhouse vegetables. Many of these growers are looking to take advantage of the […]

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Survey for Hydroponic Growers of Food Crops by Michigan State University and Iowa State University

Are You a Hydroponic Grower of Food Crops? Michigan State and Iowa State University Researchers Need your Input! Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) production researchers Roberto Lopez and Kellie Walters at Michigan State University and Christopher Currey at Iowa State University have developed a survey to gain a better understanding of current hydroponic food production practices […]

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Michigan State University 2017 Lighting Solutions Open House

Helping growers learn about the latest advancements in supplemental, photoperiodic, and sole-source horticulture lighting and making the best decisions for their plants and business. Learn from Michigan State University (MSU) leading lighting experts and researchers Erik Runkle, PhD, and Roberto Lopez, PhD, as they showcase their current studies and students in the MSU Research Greenhouses […]

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Greenhouse and horticulture lighting online course registration opens June 1

Michigan State University Extension is now offering the summer session for the non-credit, pre-recorded Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting online course. The course, which is to be completed between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2016, is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond […]

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Dr. Roberto Lopez joins Michigan State University Horticulture faculty

Dr. Roberto Lopez has joined the faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan as an Assistant Professor and Controlled Environment/Floriculture Extension Specialist. He will have a 45% research, 30% teaching, and 25% extension appointment. Roberto will add to MSU’s lighting expertise with his research background in traditional […]

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