Analysis of physiology and development of strawberry plants in a vertical-farming system

Strawberries are a popular and economically important fruit. The recent development of vertical farming enables the year-round production of high quality fruits. To get the most out of this new production method, it is important that the developmental cycle, and the underlaying molecular pathways, of strawberry plants are well-understood.

In this experiment, different strawberry cultivars will be grown in a vertical-farm set-up under long-day and short-day conditions. Plant physiology, growth, and development will be monitored (e.g. leaf/petiole size, flower initiation, hormone levels, photosynthetic capacity). With the acquired data, the differences in developement between te cultivars will be analyzed.

    Used skills

    • Plant phenotyping (e.g. leaf area, petiole length, pictures)
    • Taking care of plants in a vertical farm system

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