Controlled Environment Agriculture Laboratory

Simple to highly advanced controlled environment systems—from temporary cold frames and high tunnels to facilities using technology developed for space exploration and missions to Mars—can be adapted to Alaska’s regional conditions to improve production of vegetables, berries, and floral crops. Ongoing research at the Controlled Environment Agriculture Laboratory (CEAL) investigates plant requirements, varieties, and treatments to maximize productivity for growers. Unlike a greenhouse, the closed laboratory allows for precise control of lighting, temperature, humidity, and nutrients, so that different varieties and various treatments can be tested.

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