Annals of Applied Biology (2020) 176, 226-232

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Joe M. Roberts, Toby J.A. Bruce, James M. Monaghan, Tom W. Pope, Simon R. Leather and Andrew M. Beacham (2020)
Vertical farming systems bring new considerations for pest and disease management
Annals of Applied Biology 176 (3), 226-232
Abstract: Vertical farming is an emerging area of food production that aims to provide sustainable intensification of agriculture by maximising the obtainable yield per unit area of land. This approach commonly utilises stacked horizontal levels of crop growth in glasshouse or controlled environment (CE) facilities. Vertical farming has, however, received relatively little scientific investigation to date. Consequently, important factors such as economic feasibility, system design and optimisation of production methods are still being evaluated. Vertical farming methods bring additional considerations for the effective management of pests and diseases compared with conventional protected horticulture, such as movement of both pest and beneficial insects between growth levels. This article aims to provide a perspective on the positive and negative issues facing pest and disease control in Vertical farming systems. We highlight important considerations for system optimisation and areas for future investigation.
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control - general
environment - cropping system/rotation


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