Vertical farming systems bring new considerations for pest and disease management

Roberts, J.M., Bruce, T.J.A., Monaghan, J.M., Pope, T.W., Leather, S.R. and Beacham, A.M. (2020) Vertical farming systems bring new considerations for pest and disease management. Annals of Applied Biology.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: disease, horticulture, management, pest, urban agriculture, vertical farming
Divisions: Crop and Environment Sciences (to 31.07.20)
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2020 16:52
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 04:30

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