Ag Science Cafe

#61 - Air Contaminants in Indoor Vertical Farms: A case study on VOC effects on crop productivity in two commercial farms

This presentation "Air Contaminants in Indoor Vertical Farms: A case study on VOC effects on crop productivity in two commercial farms'' was given by Dr. Shigeharu Shimamura at Hanmo, Japan, with translation by Dr. Chieri Kubota (Ohio State Univ) during our 61st café forum on March 5th, 2024.

#60 - Introduction to Seed Technologies for Optimizing Crop Performance

This presentation "Introduction to Seed Technologies for Optimizing Crop Performance" was given by Robert Conrad (Ball Horticultural Company) during our 60th café forum on February 20th, 2024.

#59 - Tipburn Management through Controlled Environment for Indoor Vertical Farm Lettuce Production

This presentation "Tipburn Management through Controlled Environment for Indoor Vertical Farm Lettuce Production" was given by Dr. John Ertle (PP Systems) during our 59th café forum on January 16th, 2024.

#58 - Temperature Effects on Crops Grown in Indoor Vertical Farms

This presentation "Temperature Effects on Crops Grown in Indoor Vertical Farms" was given by Dr. Roberto Lopez (Michigan State University) during our 58th café forum on December 19th, 2023.

#57 - How to Grow Strawberries and Dwarf Tomatoes for the Production of Pharmaceuticals and Bioactive Compounds

This presentation "How to Grow Strawberries and Dwarf Tomatoes for the Production of Pharmaceuticals and Bioactive Compounds" was given by Dr. Shoko Hikosaka (Chiba University, Japan) during our 57th café forum on November 14th, 2023.

#56 - Indoor Farming Technology Showcase 3

This Indoor Farming Technology Showcase was held on October 10, 2023, as part of the monthly forum Indoor Ag Science Café. Three presenters in this recording are Michael Lichter (RAYN Growing Systems), Simon Meijer (CE-Line), and Jaap Weerheim (Certhon).

#55 - Vertical (Indoor) Farming Strawberry and Fruit Crops

This presentation "Vertical (Indoor) Farming Strawberry and Fruit Crops" was given by Dr. Laura Bautista (Delphy, the Netherlands) during our 55th café forum on September 19th, 2023.

#54 - Hydroponic Spinach Production Systems and Methods in Japan

This presentation ’Hydroponic Spinach Production Systems and Methods in Japan'' was given by Mitsubishi Chemical Aqua Solutions (Akio Nakaminami and Koichi Aizawa with translation by Dr. Chieri Kubota) during our 54th café forum on August 29th, 2023.

#53 - Growing Culinary Herbs under Controlled Environment

This presentation ’Growing Culinary Herbs under Controlled Environments'' was given by Dr. Chris Currey (Iowa State University) during our 53rd café forum on June 20th, 2023.

#52 - Climate-smart Credentialing of New CEA Employees by Resource Innovation Institute

This presentation ’Climate-smart Credentialing of New CEA Employees by Resource Innovation Institute'' was given by Rob Eddy (Resource Innovation Institute) during our 52nd café forum on May 9th, 2023.

#50 - Michigan State OptimIA Research Showcase

Three graduate students (Nathan Kelly, Devin Brewer, and Jiyong Shin) at Michigan State University provided their research update regarding optimizing indoor agriculture lighting and temperature conditions on March 28th, 2023.

#49 - Growing leafy greens with a low-pH hydroponic solution for root-rot disease management

This presentation ’Growing leafy greens with a low-pH hydroponic solution for root-rot disease management' was given by Dr. Chieri Kubota (Ohio State Univeristy) during our 49th café forum on February 7th, 2023. 

#48 - Hydroponic Spinach

This presentation ’Hydroponic Spinach' was given by Harry Burman (Rijk Zwaan USA) during our 48th café forum on January 24th, 2023.

#47 - Potential of Fault Detection and Diagnosis Tools for Autonomous CEA Production

This presentation 'Potential of Fault Detection and Diagnosis Tools for Autonomous CEA Production’ was given by Dr. Shamim Ahamed (University of California, Davis) during our 47th café forum on December 6th, 2022.

#46 - Environmental Sensors 101

This presentation 'Environmental Sensors 101’ was given by Dr. A.J. Both (Rutgers University) during our 46th café forum on November 15th, 2022. 

#45 - Right Sizing a Vertical Farm

This presentation 'Right Sizing a Vertical Farm’ was given by Robert Colangelo (CEA Technology Inc.) during our 45th café forum on October 11th, 2022.

#44 - Indoor Farm Automation: Lessons learned from Autonomous GH Challenges

This presentation 'Indoor Farm Automation: Lessons learned from the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenges’ was given by Dr. Ken Tran (Koidra Inc.) during our 44th café forum on September 20th, 2022.

#43 - Why or Why Not Harvesting Lettuce Crops Early?

This presentation 'Why or Why Not Harvesting Lettuce Crops Early? - An integrated evaluation’ was given by Dr. Chieri Kubota (Ohio State University) during our 43rd café forum on August 30th, 2022.

#42 - Indoor Farming Technology Showcase 2

This Indoor Farming Technology Showcase was held on June 7, 2022, as part of the monthly forum Indoor Ag Science Café. Four presenters in this recording are Kurt Becker (Dramm Co.), Chris Higgins (Hort Americas), Paul Ken (Quantified Inc.), and Vijay Rapaka (Smithers-Oasis).

#41 - CFD 101: Optimizing air distribution for CEA

This presentation 'CFD 101 - Introduction to computational approach to optimize air distribution’ was given by Dr. Murat Kacira (University of Arizona) during our 41st café forum on May 24th, 2022.

#40 - Consumer Varieties for Indoor Farm Produced Leafy Greens

This presentation 'Consumer Varieties in the Market for Indoor Agriculture Produced Leafy Greens’ was given by Dr. Chris Peterson and Dr. Simone Valle de Souza (Michigan State University) during our 40th café forum on April 19th, 2022.

#39 - Light Fixture Calculator and Far-Red Radiation

This presentation 'Calculator Tool to Estimate Light Fixtures and Electricity Costs’ and ‘Further Thoughts on Far-Red Radiation’ was given by Dr. Neil Mattson (Cornell University) during our 39th café forum on March 22nd, 2022.

#38 - Lettuce Tip-Burn Basics

This presentation 'Lettuce Tip-burn Basics'' was given by Dr. Chieri Kubota (Ohio State University) during our 38th café forum on February 22nd, 2022.

#37 - Indoor Farming Technology Showcase

This Indoor Farming Technology Showcase was held on January 18, 2022, as part of the monthly forum Indoor Ag Science Café. Three presenters in this recording are Brian Poel (Fluence), Dil Vashi (CO2 GRO) and Chris Kay (Water Harvesting).

#36 - Plant-Made Bio-Pharmaceuticals under Controlled Environment

This presentation 'Plant-Made Bio-Pharmaceuticals under Controlled Environment' was given by Dr. Nobuyuki Matoba (University of Louisville) during our 36th café forum on December 7th, 2021.

#34 - Why Vertical Farms Succeed?

This presentation 'Why Vertical Farms Succeed?' was given by Robert Colangelo (Green Sense Farms) during our 34th café forum on October 26th, 2021.

#33 - Introduction to Aquaponics

This presentation 'Introduction to Aquaponics' was given by Dr. Paul Brown (Purdue University) during our 33rd cafe forum on September 21st, 2021.

#32 - Precision Indoor Propagation for High Quality Transplants

This presentation 'Precision Indoor Propagation for High Quality Transplants' was given by Dr. Ricardo Hernandez (North Carolina State University) during our 32nd cafe forum on August 3rd, 2021.

#30 - Smart Sensors for Indoor Farming

This presentation 'Smart Sensors for Indoor Farming' was given by Dr. Krishna Nemali (Purdue University) during our 30th cafe forum on May 18th, 2021.

#29 - Plant Factories and Indoor Farming Innovations in Japan

This presentation 'Plant Factories and Indoor Farming Innovations in Japan' was given by Eri Hayashi (Japan Plant Factory Association) during our 29th cafe forum on April 20th, 2021.

#28 - USDA SBIR Grants Program Overview

This presentation 'USDA SBIR Grants Program Overview' was given by Dr. Steven Thomson & Melinda Coffman (USDA NIFA) during our 28th café forum on March 30th, 2021.

#27 - Indoor Farming in Mexico: Current Status and Opportunities

This presentation 'Indoor Farming in Mexico: Current Status and Opportunities' was given by Karla Garcia (Microgreens FLN & HortAmericas) during our 27th cafe forum on February 23rd, 2021.

#26 - Considerations for Marketing Vertical Farm Food Products to Consumers

This presentation 'Considerations for Marketing Vertical Farm Food Products to Consumers' was given by Dr. Bridget Behe (Michigan State University) during our 26th cafe forum on January 12th, 2021.

#25 - Crop Growth Monitoring and Simulation Based Resource Use Optimization

This presentation 'Crop Growth Monitoring and Simulation Based Resource Use Optimization' was given by Dr. Murat Kacira and KC Shasteen (University of Arizona) during our 25th cafe forum on December 8th, 2020.

#23 - Hydroponic Produce Safety

This presentation 'Hydroponic Crops: How Can You Produce Safe Vegetables?' was given by Dr. Sanja Ilic (The Ohio State University) during our 23rd cafe forum on October 20th, 2020.

#22 - Hydroponic Nutrient Management Basics

This presentation 'Hydroponic Nutrient Management Basics' was given by Dan Gillespie (JR Peters Inc.) during our 22nd cafe forum on September 22nd, 2020.

#21 - Nutritional Composition of Leafy Greens in Field, Greenhouse, vs. Indoors

This presentation 'Nutritional Composition of CEA Leafy Greens: A Case Study on Carotenoids of Kale Grown in Field, Greenhouse, or Indoors' was given by Dr. Neil Mattson (Cornell University) and Dr. Marianne Nyman (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) during our 21st cafe forum on August 25th, 2020. 

#20 - Selecting an LED Fixture for Indoor Plant Production

This presentation 'Selecting an LED Fixture for Indoor Plant Production' was given by Dr. Erik Runkle (Michigan State University) during our 20th cafe forum on June 16th, 2020.

#19 - How to Fund Your Indoor Farm

This presentation 'How to Fund Your Indoor Farm' was given by Nicola Kerslake (Contain Inc.) during our 19th cafe forum on May 26th, 2020.

#18 - Photons = Flavor. The case study of basil

This presentation 'Photons = Flavor, The case study of basil' was given by Dr. Roberto Lopez and Kellie Walters (Michigan State University) during our 18th cafe forum on April 14th, 2020.

#17 - Controlled Environment Production for Safer Leafy Greens

This presentation 'Controlled Environment Production for Safer Leafy Greens'' was given by Paul Lightfoot (BrightFarms) during our 17th cafe forum on March 10th, 2020.

#16 - Managing Water Quality and Biofilm for Indoor Production

This presentation 'Managing water quality and biofilm for indoor production' was given by Dr. Paul Fisher (University of Florida) during our 16th cafe forum on February 18th, 2020.

#15 - 80 Acres and Infinite Acres Farms

This presentation was given by Eric Ellestad at 80 Acres Farms during our 15th cafe forum on January 14th, 2020.

#13 - Back to Basics: Plant Responses to Temperature

This presentation 'Back to Basics - Plant Responses to Temperature' was given by Dr. Chieri Kubota (Ohio State University) during our 13th cafe forum on November 19th, 2019.

#12 - Early History of Indoor Agriculture & Associated Technology Development

This presentation 'Early History of Indoor Plant Agriculture & Associated Technology Development' was given by Dr. Cary Mitchell (Purdue University) during our 12th cafe forum on October 15th, 2019.

#11 - HVAC: Controlling the Environment to Control Plant Responses

This presentation 'HVAC: Controlling the Environment to Control Plant Responses'  was given by Nadia Sabeh (Dr. Greenhouse) during our 11th forum on August 28th, 2019.

#10 - Producing high-quality microgreens under sole-source lighting

This presentation 'Producing high-quality microgreens under sole-source lighting'  was given by Roberto Lopez (Michigan State University) during our 10th forum on May 29, 2019.

#9 - Environmental Uniformity and Climate Control in Plant Factory

This presentation 'Environmental Uniformity and Climate Control in Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting'  was given by Murat Kacira (University of Arizona) during our 9th forum on April 23, 2019.

#8 - Perspectives on Business Strategy and Economics of Vertical Agriculture

This presentation 'Perspectives on the Business Strategy and Economics of Vertical Agriculture'  was given by Chris Peterson and Simone Valle de Souza (MSU Produce Center Food-Ag-Bio, Michigan State Univ.) during our 8th forum on March 19, 2019.

#7 - Importance of application of G x E x M to indoor ag

This presentation 'Importance of application of G x E x M to indoor Ag. What else should we consider?'  was given by Tharindu Weeraratne (Autogrow) during our 7th forum on February 26, 2019.

#6 - Working with numbers to assess your productivity - g/kWh & g/mol PAR

This presentation 'Working with numbers to assess your productivity - gram yield per kWh & gram yield per mole PAR'  was given by Chieri Kubota (Ohio State Univ.) during our 6th forum on January 22, 2019.

#5 - Our Stories.. Green Spirit Farms to Harvest Moon Farms

This presentation 'Our Stories - Green Spirit Farms to Harvest Moon Farms'  was given by Milan Kluko during our 5th forum on November 13, 2018.

#4 - Lighting Strategies for Energy Savings

This presentation 'Lighting Strategies for Energy Savings' was given by Dr. Cary Mitchell (Purdue University) during our 4th forum on October 30, 2018.

#3 - How Industry and Academia can Work Together

This presentation 'Growing the Vertical Farming Industry - How Industry and Academia can Work Together'  was given by Robert Colangelo (Green Sense Farms) during our 3rd forum on October 16, 2018.

#2 - Applications of Far-Red Lighting

This presentation 'Applications of Far-red Lighting'  was given by Dr. Erik Runkle (Michigan State University) during our second forum on Sept 18, 2018.

#1 - Eyes on CO2

This is the first topical presentation given by Dr. Chieri Kubota at the Indoor Ag Sci Cafe. This is a monthly forum to discuss how sciences and technologies can contribute to sustainable and profitable indoor agriculture. (Some numeric error is corrected in this version).