Introducing the Indoor Ag Science Café – a monthly community forum that discusses how cutting-edge science and technology can contribute to sustainable and profitable indoor agriculture. 

The Indoor Ag Science Café was started by three leading academic scientists (Chieri Kubota, Ohio State University; Erik Runkle, Michigan State University; and Cary Mitchell, Purdue University) as an online forum to promote discussion and innovation between industry thought leaders and academics.
In each meeting, a leading scientist or industrial indoor grower presents their research or a thought-provoking topic.  Afterwards, the community discusses and shares their experiences on the subject.
BIOS Lighting has been an active participant in these forums and is sharing the presentations below in order to educate and inspire indoor growers, and further participation and growth of this forum.

UPDATED: This article was originally posted on October 24, 2018.  The Cafe continues to grow in popularity and support by people in the controlled environment agriculture industry who want to share and learn.  We have added links to new episodes and hope you can join!

(Please contact if you would like to join the café)

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #1
Eyes on CO2

The first presentation was given by Dr. Chieri Kubota, Professor of the Controlled Environment Plant Physiology and Technology Lab at Ohio State University, on August 21, 2018. In her presentation ‘Eyes on CO2′ she discusses the purpose and outline of the Indoor Ag Cafe and then dives into CO2 use efficiency and cost analysis of CO2 treatment for biomass productivity.

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #2
Applications of Far-red Lighting

This presentation ‘Applications of Far-red Lighting’ was given by Dr. Erik Runkle, Professor of Horticulture at Michigan State University, during the second Ag Café forum on Sept 18, 2018.  Dr. Runkle discusses the photopigment phytochrome and presents experimental evidence of far-red and other waveband interactions on leaf expansion and dry weight for specific leafy green varieties.

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #3
How Industry and Academia can Work Together

This presentation ‘Growing the Vertical Farming Industry – How Industry and Academia can Work Together’ was given by Robert Colangelo (Green Sense Farms) during the 3rd forum on October 16, 2018.  Robert discussed the current state of indoor farming, differences between businesses and academia research and practices, and possible strategies for academia and industry to work together.

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #4

Lighting Strategies for Energy Savings

This presentation was given by Cary Mitchell, Purdue University, on October 30, 2018.  The focus was on ways in which indoor growers can save energy using specific crop lighting strategies.

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #5

Our Stories – Green Spirit Farms to Harvest Moon Farms

This presentation ‘Our Stories – Green Spirit Farms to Harvest Moon Farms’ was given by Milan Kluko during our 5th forum on November 13, 2018.

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #6

Working with numbers to assess your productivity – g/kWh & g/mol PAR

This presentation ‘Working with numbers to assess your productivity – gram yield per kWh & gram yield per mole PAR’ was given by Chieri Kubota (Ohio State Univ.) during our 6th forum on January 22, 2019.

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #7

Importance of application of G x E x M to indoor Ag

This presentation ‘Importance of application of G x E x M to indoor Ag. What else should we consider?’ was given by Tharindu Weeraratne (Autogrow) during our 7th forum on February 26, 2019.

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #8

Perspectives on Business Strategy and Economics of Vertical Agriculture

This presentation ‘Perspectives on the Business Strategy and Economics of Vertical Agriculture’ was given by Chris Peterson and Simone Valle de Souza (MSU Produce Center Food-Ag-Bio, Michigan State Univ.) during our 8th forum on March 19, 2019.

Indoor Ag Sci Cafe #9

Environmental Uniformity and Climate Control in Plant Factory

This presentation ‘Environmental Uniformity and Climate Control in Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting’ was given by Murat Kacira (University of Arizona) during our 9th forum on April 23, 2019.

BIOS Lighting YouTube

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