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Innovative Technologies for Vertical Farming

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Vertical farming is one of the emerging areas in crop production and is driving new trends around world. Although the research and commercial applications of vertical farming has bloomed in recent years, the large scale uptake has been hindered to date by a number of unsolved technical issues. For instance, there are still needs for lower initial investment and operation costs, efficient management of cultivation systems, systematic analysis of environment and energy, and active introduction of high value-added crops. Therefore, innovative solutions combined with new scientific understanding and technological advances are required.

Vertical farming requires a wide range of technologies from plant biology to system technology. Research priorities for sustainable vertical farming span from applied research on electrical lighting, crop yield studies, growing systems for vertical cultivation, energy use efficiency, plant nutrition, environmental analysis and control, 3D plant and light modelling, secondary metabolite content, integrated control, and economic analysis.

This research topic aims to bring together innovative research in vertical farming. The research can cover crop physiology, methodology, technology, system analysis, and related fields from crop biology to system engineering aspects. We welcome Original Research, Review, Mini Review, Methods, Opinions and Perspectives papers, related to a broad range of innovative technologies for vertical farming including:

- Electrical (artificial) lighting
- Crop cultivation technology
- Quantification and analysis of crop growth
- Vertical cultivation systems and integrated control of vertical farms
- Analysis of energy and resource use efficiency
- Nutrient solution management
- Indoor environment analysis using CFD
- Indoor environmental control
- 3D plant modeling and lighting analysis
- Improvement of secondary metabolites
- Applications of artificial intelligence
- Economic analysis

Please note that descriptive studies that report responses of growth, yield, or quality to a treatment will not be considered if they do not progress physiological understanding of these responses.


Keywords: vertical farming, light modelling, indoor farms, urban agriculture


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Vertical farming is one of the emerging areas in crop production and is driving new trends around world. Although the research and commercial applications of vertical farming has bloomed in recent years, the large scale uptake has been hindered to date by a number of unsolved technical issues. For instance, there are still needs for lower initial investment and operation costs, efficient management of cultivation systems, systematic analysis of environment and energy, and active introduction of high value-added crops. Therefore, innovative solutions combined with new scientific understanding and technological advances are required.

Vertical farming requires a wide range of technologies from plant biology to system technology. Research priorities for sustainable vertical farming span from applied research on electrical lighting, crop yield studies, growing systems for vertical cultivation, energy use efficiency, plant nutrition, environmental analysis and control, 3D plant and light modelling, secondary metabolite content, integrated control, and economic analysis.

This research topic aims to bring together innovative research in vertical farming. The research can cover crop physiology, methodology, technology, system analysis, and related fields from crop biology to system engineering aspects. We welcome Original Research, Review, Mini Review, Methods, Opinions and Perspectives papers, related to a broad range of innovative technologies for vertical farming including:

- Electrical (artificial) lighting
- Crop cultivation technology
- Quantification and analysis of crop growth
- Vertical cultivation systems and integrated control of vertical farms
- Analysis of energy and resource use efficiency
- Nutrient solution management
- Indoor environment analysis using CFD
- Indoor environmental control
- 3D plant modeling and lighting analysis
- Improvement of secondary metabolites
- Applications of artificial intelligence
- Economic analysis

Please note that descriptive studies that report responses of growth, yield, or quality to a treatment will not be considered if they do not progress physiological understanding of these responses.


Keywords: vertical farming, light modelling, indoor farms, urban agriculture


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 March 2021 Abstract
31 August 2021 Manuscript

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31 August 2021 Manuscript

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