CEA Controlled Environment Agriculture Systems
Biodynamics is a specialist in CEA Controlled Environment Agriculture systems that protect crops and improve environmental elements, allowing year-round production of high quality, locally grown produce.
What is Controlled Environment Agriculture?
Controlled Environment Agriculture is a combination of engineering, plant science, and computer managed greenhouse control technologies used to optimize plant growing systems, plant quality, and production efficiency. Controlled environment agriculture systems regulate components such as the temperature, lighting, and CO2 which allow for stable control of the plant environment. CEA also provides separate control of the root-zone environment. In addition, Controlled Environment Agriculture provides secure, healthy, and cost-effective year-round production of many premium edible, ornamental, and high-value plant species.
CEA is agricultural technology that enables the grower to control a crop's environment to the desired conditions. Controlled Environment Agriculture technologies include greenhouse, hydroponics, aquaculture and aquaponics. Controlled variables include temperature, humidity, pH, and nutrient analysis. CEA is an advanced and intensive form of hydroponically-based agriculture. Plants are grown within a controlled environment so that horticultural practices can be optimized.
Controlled Environment Agriculture Techniques
Controlled Environment Agriculture techniques are not as simple as older systems for growing plants. Indeed, they demand sound knowledge of chemistry, horticulture, engineering, computers, plant physiology, plant pathology, and entomology. A wide range of skills, as well as a natural inclination to attend to details, are necessary for a person to operate a successful CEA production in either a research or commercial setting.
In research, Controlled Environment Agriculture is useful for isolating specific environmental variables for closer study. For example, researchers may study photosynthesis by comparing a crop from a greenhouse with special pane tinting with one that is not tinted. The advantage is that all other factors can be kept constant, reducing the incidence of another influence on the experiment.
In commercial agriculture, CEA can increase efficiency, reduce pests and diseases, and saves resource.
To talk to one of our Controlled Environment Agriculture experts about your project, contact Biodynamics today!