Description of research
research, teaching, and extension work focuses on plant
production in protected cultivation (greenhouse, nursery).
on the relationship between environmental variables and
soilless crop production. This research includes a variety
of projects ranging from basic to applied research.
Basic research projects focus on the quantification (through
the use of mathematical models) of plant and crop
processes. My applied research deals with production
optimization, soilless (hydroponic) production of
horticultural crops, greenhouse automation, and the
development of production-management tools, particularly
ones based on mathematical models.
also carry out a testing progmam to verify and certify
products as to efficacy and phototoxicity specifically
towards such purposes as registration of the material or
profiding independent verification that the product does
what the label or proposed label) state. I particularly
focus on useful tools in plant growth management, weed and
pest control and other agricultural materials.
work extensively with horticultural crops including
ornamentals (rose, lily, chrysanthemum, orchids, etc) but am
also involved in research on various other vegetable and
fruit crops (Strawberry, tomato, pepper, leafy-greens etc)
that lend themselves to soilless production.
of technologies (photovoltaics, LED lighting, nutrient
sensing, etc) within the above areas. One area of particular
interest to me is the dual use of agricultural lands for
simultaneiously growing plants and generating electricity. I
am also working on integrating a complete set of
technologies into a hydroponic system that can be
sustainable and applicable in conditions where plant
production has traditionally not been possible.