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HORTSYS.2 Controlled environment horticultural systems

Research Domain FUNCT
FUNCT Functional Plant Biology
Research Domain MICRO
MICRO Plant-Microbe Systems
Research Domain MICRO
BIOINF Genomics and bioinformatics in horticulture
Research Domain QUALITY
QUALITY Plant Quality and Food Security
Research Domain HORTSYS
HORTSYS Next-Generation Horticultural Systems
HORTSYS.1 Open field horticultural systems
HORTSYS.2 Controlled environment horticultural systems
Publications of PA HORTSYS, 2016-2019

Head of RG HORTSYS.2: Dr Oliver Körner

Research Group HORTSYS.2 mission is to create resource optimized production systems in controlled environments. We deal with protected cultivation in greenhouses and plant factories and extend these systems to co-production as e.g. aquaponics. Here, we work with solutions combining models and sensors to create the so-called soft-sensors (likewise HORTSYS.1).

Cooperation Partners

Wageningen University
Danish Technological Institute
Aarhus University
Humboldt-University Berlin
and others

These systems will eventually be used in DSS and climate control systems. While we mostly would stop at the level of proof-of-concept, in some case we participate in the development of prototypes. We create and improve prediction models in greenhouse crops and utilise models for system understanding and the behaviour of plants in controlled environments and utilise findings of other PAs as e.g. the effect of light quality on plant compounds (PA QUALITY) or nutrient uptake in hydroponics (FUNCT.3). The understanding is gained by experimental work combined with modelling studies. However, our focus is widened as it includes vertical production systems and synergic and co-cultivation productions with closed nutrient cycles as e.g. aquaponics (with PA QUALITY). We create DSS systems and back-ground knowledge for low- and high tech protected cultivation systems. The main research questions covered by HORTSYS.2 cover all aspects of modelling, sensors, IT, and crop/plant physiology with 1) Early detection/active stressing for crop quality deterioration/triggering active compounds; 2) Use of phenotyping methods and soft-sensors; 3) Optimal design and control of synergic cultivation systems; 4) Microclimate optimization for healthy products in vertical farming systems.


General: Horticultural Crop Production, Sustainable Production, Modelling, Plant Growth, Plant Nutrition, Plant Stress Detection, Decision Support Systems

Specific: Greenhouse Technology, Energy Systems, Climate Control, Microclimate, Sensors & Models, Horticultural Production Phenotyping, Vertical Farming, Symbiotic Cultivation Systems

Current Project

2019 - 2021

CityFood (Part of the Sustainable Urban Growth Initiative, SUGI)

The collaborative project CityFood aims to address a range of scientific, environmental, ...

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Other Projects

CityFood (Part of the Sustainable Urban Growth Initiative, SUGI)

The collaborative project CityFood aims to address a range of scientific, environmental, and social questions regarding supply chain optimization, resource u...

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Quality assurance of recycling products from dry toilets for use in horticulture

The DIN-Connect innovation funding (DIN-Connect Innovationsförderung) aims to develop a product standard (DIN SPEC) for market...

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Electric power supply to greenhouses at volatile current supply using mainly renewable energy sources (ELGEVOS)

Concepts for demand side management (DSM) in greenhouses are developed that adapt to the increasing generation of electricity b...

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