Plant Factory: An Indoor Vertical Farming System for Efficient Quality Food Production

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Plant Factory: An Indoor Vertical Farming System for Efficient Quality Food Production provides information on a field that is helping to offset the threats that unusual weather and shortages of land and natural resources bring to the food supply.

As alternative options are needed to ensure adequate and efficient production of food, this book represents the only available resource to take a practical approach to the planning, design, and implementation of plant factory (PF) practices to yield food crops. The PF systems described in this book are based on a plant production system with artificial (electric) lights and include case studies providing lessons learned and best practices from both industrial and crop specific programs.

With insights into the economics as well as the science of PF programs, this book is ideal for those in academic as well as industrial settings.



  • Provides full-scope insight on plant farm, from economics and planning to life-cycle assessment
  • Presents state-of-the-art plant farm science, written by global leaders in plant farm advancements
  • Includes case-study examples to provide real-world insights

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About the Author:

Oyoki Kozai
Japan Plant Factory Association (NPO)
c/o Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences,
Chiba University
6-2-1 Kashiwa-no-ha, Japan
Telephone: 81-4-7137 -8114, Fax: 81-4-7137 -8114
Electric mail address: kozai@faculty.chiba-u.jp
Chief Director, Association for Plant Factory Managers
Chief-Director, Japan Plant Factory Association (NPO)
Professor Emeritus of Chiba University
Summary of Academic achievements
Publications: 270 original papers, 140 review papers, 159 miscellaneous papers,
171 book or book chapters, 7 translations of books from English to Japanese
Patents: 20 active patents, 50 approved patents in total
Number of Invited Lectures at International Meetings: 47
Number of Invited Lectures at National Meetings: 85
National and International Awards
2009 Awarded for Lifetime Achievement from The Society for In Vitro Biology
2003 Awarded for outstanding contribution from Japanese Society of High
Technology in Agriculture
2002 Purple Ribbon Award from Prime Minister of Japanese Government
for the academic achievement of environmental studies in biology.
2002 Friendship Award from Chinese Government for the
2003 achievement of outstanding contribution to Chinese horticultural industry
2000 Fellow, Japan Association of International Commission of
Agricultural Engineering
1997 Japan Prize for Agricultural Science for the academic achievement
“Growth Regulation and Mass-propagation of in vitro plantlets
by Physical Environment Control” awarded by Japanese Academy
of Agricultural Sciences and by Yomiuri Newspaper Co.
1992 Prize for academic achievement in “Environmental Control in
Photoautotrophic Plant Tissue Culture” awarded by Japanese
Society of Environment Control in Biology.
1991 Prize for academic achievement in “Fundamental Research on
Environmental Control Methods for Factory-type Transplant
Production” awarded by Japanese Society of High Technology in
Agriculture.
1982 Prize for academic achievement in “Solar Light Transmission in
Greenhouses” awarded by the Society of Agricultural Meteorology of
Japan

Texas AgriLife Research at El Paso and Texas A&M University, TX, USA
Genhua Niu
Associate Professor
Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at El Paso, Texas A&M System
El Paso, 1380 A&M Circle, TX 79927
Phone: 915 859 9111 Ext 232; Fax: 915 859 1078
Email: gniu@ag.tamu.edu; URL: http://elpaso.tamu.edu/Research/Index.htm

Areas of Expertise
• Environmental stress physiology
• Modeling and crop production under controlled environment
• Nutrient and salinity management for efficient use of water and fertilizer
• Micropropagation
Dr. Genhua Niu is an off campus faculty at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at
El Paso with 100% Research Appointment. Her areas of special expertise are in
environmental stress physiology and plant production in controlled environment.
Her current research areas include identifying drought and salt tolerant low water
use plant materials for urban landscape, quantifying growth and physiological
responses of crops to drought, salt and heat stresses, and determining the minimum
water requirement for urban landscape plants for maintaining a healthy landscape
while conserving water. In addition,
Dr. Niu is also working on evaluating the salt and drought tolerance of a range of
bioenergy crops and vegetables for the semi-arid region. As a researcher at an
off campus research center, Dr. Niu closely works with county extension agents
on local extension programs.
She also collaborates with faculty members at the Department of Horticultural Sciences,
other research centers, and colleagues at other universities on research programs
and graduate student education by co-advising and serving as a graduate committee
member. In professional society service, Dr. Niu has been active by serving as officers
of several working groups for American Society for Horticultural Science and USDA
regional meetings.

Professional Recognition:
• Extension Communications Award by Southern Region American Society
for Horticultural Science. Mengmeng Gu, Dotty Woodson, Bart Drees,
Steve George, Joe Masabni, Monte Nesbitt, Kevin Ong, Tony Provin, Benjamin
Wherley, Doug Welsh, Genhua Niu, John Pitt, Christin LaChance, Charriss York,
Richard White, James Thomas, Charles Fontanier, Jonathan Smith, Reagan Hejl.
• 2014. Earth-Kind Landscape Management.
• Bridget Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science, 2010.
Host: Chiba University from Nov 6 to Dec 11, 2010.
• USDA CSREES National Water Program Award for Outstanding Integrated
Activities for Water Resources, Rio Grande Basin Initiative Team Member, 2007.
• First USDA national teamwork award for integrated water resources,
ranked number 1 out of 37 nominations.
• Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence, Rio Grande Basin Initiative Team
Member, 2006, Texas A&M University Agriculture Program.
• Post-doctoral research Fellowship of Japan Society for Promotion of Science
(JSPS), 1997 - 1998, Chiba University, Japan.
• Japanese Government Scholarship recipient, 1992 -1997, Chiba University, Japan

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