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New technology improves greenhouse, plant microclimates
Date:12/28/2010

g system based only on outside global solar radiation, and foam shading applications based on both outside global solar radiation and greenhouse air temperature. The team recorded data on the greenhouse microclimate (global solar radiation, air temperature, and relative humidity), the canopy microclimate (leaf and bottom fruit temperatures), and ventilation (opening/closing).

"This study showed that the retractable liquid foam technology improved greenhouse climate", noted Kamal Aberkani, lead author of the report. "Under very sunny, very hot conditions, a difference of up to 6 C in air temperature was noted between the unshaded and shaded greenhouses as a result of liquid foam application at 40-65% shading."

According to the report, additional benefits of the technology included an increase of up to 12% in greenhouse relative humidity, a decrease in the frequency of roof ventilation operation, and an increase in the length of time bottom fruit temperature remained cool after shading ended.


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Contact: Michael W. Neff
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703-836-4606
American Society for Horticultural Science
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