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Growing the World’s Food in Greenhouses

Neil Mattson, School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Section, spent his childhood on a farm with flower and vegetable gardens. “If you know how to grow your own food, you’ll never go hungry,” Mattson recalls his grandmother, who grew up during the Great Depression, saying. “That ethos has carried with me.” And it has carried […]

Heliohex and Cornell University Researching Better LED Lighting for Plants

Heliohex—a New York-based manufacturer of horticultural LED lighting—and GLASE partner Cornell have teamed up to improve the uniformity of light produced by LEDs. The research has the potential to improve plant growth per unit of energy. GLASE researcher Kale Harbick led the Cornell team that collaborated with Heliohex. Read the full article at the link […]

Northeast greenhouse conference and expo

Dr. Neil Mattson from Cornell University will talk about Production Systems for Leafy Greens and Herbs and Lighting Decisions for Greenhouse Production at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo, Nov. 7-8, 2018, in Boxborough, Mass. The biennial event is co-sponsored by New England Floriculture, Inc. – a group of grower representatives from the Northeast, augmented by university and cooperative extension staff in […]

New real-time remote sensing technology to improve CEA lighting control systems

The production of food crops in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) can help mitigate food insecurity that may result from increasingly frequent and severe weather events in agricultural areas. Lighting is an absolute requirement for crop growth in CEA, and is undergoing rapid advances with the advent of tunable, light emitting diode (LED) systems. The integration […]

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

Drs. Neil Mattson (Cornell University) and Tessa Pocock (RPI) recently participated in the Indoor AgTech Summit which brought together more than 200 industry leaders and investors to discuss the current and future role of indoor agriculture. Mattson presented in the panel on “Plant Science: Optimizing Traits to Indoor Systems”. Panelists noted that breeding and crop […]

The McCree Curve Demystified

Tessa Pocock, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Urban and periurban agriculture is rapidly becoming part of local economies. It is supported by increased consumer demand and preference for high-quality, locally produced foods. Socially, it is reacquainting people with food and the farm, and it is creating jobs across the entire supply chain. Controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) is an […]

GLASE Hosts Horticultural Lighting Meeting

Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium brought together many of the major horticultural lighting companies in the United States on March 20, 2018. The purpose of the web meeting was to discuss how GLASE can accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient lighting technologies to expand the marketplace and to increase the profitability of controlled environment […]

Scientific Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Morgan Pattison

With a PhD in materials science from the University of California-Santa Barbara, Morgan Pattison has long believed that light emitting diodes (LEDs) were going to eventually dominate the illumination market. His thesis research advisor was Dr. Shuji Nakamura who invented the blue LED. Nakamura received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 for his invention. […]

EnSave: Making Greenhouse Operations, Farms More Energy Efficient

EnSave Inc. is an engineering and consulting firm focused primarily on energy efficiency and renewable energy for the agricultural sector. In operation since 1991, the company, which is headquartered in Richmond, Vt., works with agricultural producers nationwide, including greenhouse growers. “We have about 300 data collectors who we use throughout the country to facilitate the […]

Cornell Group Explores Future of Indoor Farming

GLASE principle investigator Neil Mattson and executive director Erico Mattos provided tips on controlled environment agriculture (CEA) to more than 80 entrepreneurs and stakeholders at Cornell University. Mattos spoke on GLASE’s vision of combining the best of academia and industry in support of CEA. The talks were part of a conference focusing on urban agriculture, […]

$2.4 Million Cornell-led Project Explores the Viability of Indoor Agriculture

GLASE principle investigator Neil Mattson is “lighting the way for future urban farming.” Controlled environment agriculture—things like greenhouses and vertical farms—have the potential to provide local fresh produce year-round in urban metropolitan areas. But it has never been entirely clear whether the benefits of urban controlled environment agriculture (e.g., lower fuel costs) outweigh the costs […]

GLASE Director Mattos Wins ASHS Paper of the Year

GLASE Executive Director Erico Mattos was one of the co-authors who received the American Society for Horticultural Sciences Outstanding Cross-Commodity Publication for papers published in 2016. The award was given to the paper A Chlorophyll Fluorescence-based Biofeedback System to Control Photosynthetic Lighting in Controlled Environment Agriculture, published in partnership with a team from the University […]