The team to lead USDA-Awarded Grant
Added on 08 February 2023
Commercial horticultural supplier Hort Americas announced today that it has joined The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES); Rutgers University; Cornell University; the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Ag Center (CEAC); and Koidra on a research and development project designed to help greenhouse growers create the most ideal growing environment using real-time data and climate-optimization processes.
The collaboration is part of a $3.77 million grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to study controlled environment agriculture (CEA), a process that extends growing seasons, reduces waste, and yields more crops that are higher in quality. This is done by controlling environmental factors such as temperature, light and nutrients.
CFAES will spearhead the four-year study with collaboration from Rutgers, Cornell, University of Arizona, Hort Americas and Koidra, a company specializing in tools that help greenhouse and indoor growers manage crops using data and technologies such as sensors, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
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