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.

Key Features

  • 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


Researchers, students and industry professionals in agriculture, food engineering, policy and regulation

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
  • Part 1: Overview and Concept of Closed Plant Production System (CPPS)
    • Chapter 1: Introduction
      • Abstract
      • Introduction
    • Chapter 2: Role of the Plant Factory With Artificial Lighting (PFAL) in Urban Areas
      • Abstract
      • Introduction
      • Interrelated Global Issues to be Solved Concurrently
      • Resource Inflow and Waste Outflow in Urban Areas
      • Energy and Material Balance in Urban Ecosystems
      • Growing Social Needs and Interest in PFALs
      • Criticisms of PFALs and Responses to Them
      • Towards a Sustainable PFAL
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3: PFAL Business and R&D in the World: Current Status and Perspectives
      • Abstract
      • Introduction
      • Japan
      • Taiwan
      • Korea
      • China
      • North America
      • Europe (England, The Netherlands, and Others)
    • Chapter 4: Plant Factory as a Resource-Efficient Closed Plant Production System
      • Abstract
      • Introduction
      • Definition and Principal Components of PFAL
      • Definition of Resource Use Efficiency
      • Water Use Efficiency
      • CO2 Use Efficiency
      • Light Energy Use Efficiency of Lamps and Plant Community
      • Electrical Energy Use Efficiency of Lighting
      • Electrical Energy Use Efficiency of Heat Pumps for Cooling
      • Inorganic Fertilizer Use Efficiency
      • Representative Values of Resource Use Efficiency
      • Electricity Consumption and Cost
      • Improving Light Energy Use Efficiency
      • Estimation of Rates of Photosynthesis, Transpiration, and Water and Nutrient Uptake
      • Coefficient of Performance of Heat Pump
    • Chapter 5: Micro- and Mini-PFALs for Improving the Quality of Life in Urban Areas
      • Abstract
      • Introduction
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"Plant Factory is very useful for a beginner interested to venture into crop production using plant factory system. It provides a comprehensive information from all aspects of crop production under a housing or factory system, inclusive the design of the structure and lighting and their mantainance. I would recommend it to be used as a textbook for horticulture course on vegetables production system where land is limited such as in urban areas. The science or technical know-how is very strong as a lot of research has been conducted to support the claims. It is quite unusual for a book to even provide information on the training centre whereby a trainee can register himself or herself. As it mentioned, this system of vegetables production is rather costly and the economics or cost-benefit analysis should be included as one of the main topic in the book. Also, the risk or probability of failure of the entrepreneur investing in this system to succeed or make money should also be highlighted. Also, it will be quite useful to know the perception of customers or how to convince the customers to pay more for the vegetables produced in the plant factory." -- Prof. Dr. Che Fauziah Ishak, Universiti Putra Malaysia