Five individual glasshouses of the Venlo type totaling 930 m², two tunnels 150 m² each and one nursery 150 m², provide the infrastructure and necessary support for specialised post-graduate research. The microclimate in each glasshouse is controlled and maintained by computer (QNX-RTOS) via an RS-485 network. The control parameters include temperature, relative humidity, total radiation and CO2 levels, ascertained in conjunction with a meteorological station.
One of the glasshouses is dedicated to a number of rooting beds with automated humidity and temperature control.
A soilless, hydroponics system with nutrient recycling capacities is installed in each of the four glasshouses to examine different conditions (substrates, decontamination methods for drainage, solution optimum in nutrient recipients etc.). Results of these studies are going to be applied to Mediterranean crops.
Responsible Department: Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Sustainable Agriculture
Scientific Officer: Dr. Panagiotis Kalaitzis
Last update: 03 of February, 2012