Plant Factory Using Artificial Light - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128139738

Plant Factory Using Artificial Light

1st Edition

Adapting to Environmental Disruption and Clues to Agricultural Innovation

Editors: Masakazu Anpo Hirokazu Fukuda Teruo Wada
Paperback ISBN: 9780128139738
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 412
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Plant Factory Using Artificial Light: Adapting to Environmental Disruption and Clues to Agricultural Innovation features new advances in science and cutting-edge technologies that ensure the safe and secure production of vegetables in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly, low cost way that is also commercially scalable. The book provides scientists and researchers in academia and industry with valuable discussions on the environment, food, energy and natural resources. Advances include tactics that can be used to ensure a safe and stable supply of food, regardless of adverse or disruptive natural or manmade influences, such as global warming, climate change, pollution or other potentially damaging circumstance.

Key Features

  • Provides a multidisciplinary approach of various new and advanced technologies developed through the integration of different fields
  • Features solutions that reduce electric-energy costs in plant factories, including how to use LED more efficiently
  • Pays special attention to commercial scale operation
  • Written by experts in diverse fields, and from different countries
  • Covers a unique combination of proven and practical methods and new innovations


(Graduate) students, scientists and researchers in academia and industry in Chemical, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Chemistry, Agriculture, Life Science, Environment Science, and Food Science

Table of Contents


Part I: Efficient and effective vegetable cultivation technologies to enhance productivity and quality
1. Fundamentals and Practices of Cultivation Technology
1.1 Theory and Technology to Control the Nutrient Solution of Hydroponics                    
1.2 Cultivation technology for vegetable and herb production
1.3 Characteristics of vegetable growing in plant factories and technical issues
1.4 Post-harvest quality of leafy greens growing in a plant factory
2. Advanced Technologies for Control of Plant Growth
2.1 Nature and source of light for plan factory
2.2 Relationship between photo-science and plant growth
2.3 Plant Circadian Rhythms and Vertical Agriculture
2.4 Control theory in the metabolic rhythms of plants
2.5 Nitrate content control in green vegetables grown under LED lighting
2.6 Photoreceptor-Mediated Plant Development

3. Safety, Security and Nutritional Assessment of Vegetables Harvested in Plant Factories
3.1 Optimization of Growth Environment and Development of Technology to Control the Concentration of Functional Components                                                                                           
3.2 Assessment from food science
3.3 Functional plants
3.4 Total Performance Evaluation in Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting

Part II: New science and technologies for low cost production and IT control systems
4. Advanced engineering technologies
4.1 Development of efficient production systems
4.2 Energy consumption and heat sources in plant factories
4.3 Advanced technologies for pollination in plant factories

5. Novel technology fusion and development using IT technologies
5.1 A study on Supercooled Storage of Leaf Lettuces Produced in Plant Factory
5.2 Network and Processing System
5.3 IT networks and plant factories

Part III: Various technological approaches and business strategies for plant factories
6. Introduction of advanced technologies
6.1 Fundamental Components and Points to Consider in the Design of a Plant Factory: An example of OPU New-Generation Plant Factory
6.2 Development of a seedling selection robot using green clock technology
6.3 Cell-type Modular Plant Factory

7. Various approaches to spreading and expanding plant factories
7.1 Universal design as welfare technology
7.2 Optimizing plant factory performance for local requirements

8. Current situation of plant factories around the world
8.1 Plant factories in Taiwan
8.2 Vertical Farming Technology Development; the Dutch Approach
8.3 Plant factories in Japan

9. Prospective developments in plant factories
9.1 VERDIR (Enhancement of the environment through sustainable rehabilitation and responsible innovation)
9.2 Aquaponics in plant factory
9.3 Advanced Technologies for Large Scale Plant Factories – Integration of Industrial and Systems Engineering Approach in Controlled Environment Crop Production
9.4 Plant factory and space development, "space farm"
10. Plant Factory and New Renewable Energy Technology
10.1 Integration of Artificial Photosynthesis (photocatalysis) and Natural Photosynthesis for the Environmentally-harmonious Production of H2 from H2O Involving Biomass and Vegetables


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About the Editor

Masakazu Anpo

Professor Masakazu Anpo is presently the Advisor to the President (ex-Vice President and Executive Director) of Osaka Prefecture University, and the Director of the R&D Center for Plant Factory and Ecology Research Institute of the university. He is a pioneer in the research study of photochemical reactions on solid surfaces including catalysts, and has published the first book in this field, “Photocatalysis” in 1988. The book, “Photochemistry on Solid Surfaces”, was published in 1989 from Elsevier. Dr. Anpo has received 7 awards including the award of Japan Photochemical Society, Catalysis Society of Japan, Chemical Society of Japan, and the Ministry of Education of Japan, etc. He has published 497 original papers and citation is over 18,000 times. He served as the editorial boards of numerous international journals and is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, “Research on Chemical Intermediates” (Springer). His current research topics deal with the design of highly efficient visible-light-responsive TiO2 thin film photocatalysts and their application as well as the design of highly active single-site transition metal oxide catalysts within the framework of zeolites and meso-porous materials as photocatalysts for better and safe environment. His dream is the establishment of solar chemistry as a new environmentally-friendly science and technology, especially, he has a dream in the hybridization of artificial photosynthesis and natural photosynthesis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Osaka, Japan

Hirokazu Fukuda

Affiliations and Expertise

Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Osaka, Japan

Teruo Wada

Affiliations and Expertise

Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Osaka, Japan

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