Applied Instrumentation for Controlled Environment Agriculture

PLS 579
3 Units
M. Kacira
Students will learn principles, methods, and techniques related to the measurement and control of environmental factors affecting plant growth and plants¿ surrounding climate under controlled environments. Light intensity, light quality, temperature (air, plant), relative humidity, carbon dioxide, water, air current, and related factors are important variables in controlled environment plant production systems to measure and control since they affect and determine plant growth and development and processes such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning, fertigation etc. Therefore, students will learn application of sensors, instrumentation and designing of a simple system to measure and control environments for plant production systems. Graduate-level requirements include higher grading percentages for midterm, design project, and final exams.