FSPM to determine dwarf tomato architectural ideotype for improved carbon assimilation in vertical farming

The aim of this project is to identify one or more architectural ideotypes of dwarf tomato plants that improve carbon assimilation in vertical farming. An existing Functional Structural Plant Models (FSPM) for juvenile high-wire tomatoes in greenhouse is adapted and calibrated to simulate dwarf tomatoes in a vertical farm. Possibly, we examine the use of 3D scanning technologies to quantify the architectural characteristics of in vivo dwarf tomato plants to calibrate in silico the current FSPM tomato model. We evaluate and validate the accuracy of the FSPM light simulation by comparing it to in vivo measurements. Eventually, a Global Sensitivity Analysis is performed to evaluate and rank the impact of the different architectural trait combinations on the performance of the simulated architectures. Based on simulation results, one or more ideotypes that maximize canopy carbon assimilation of the simulated dwarf tomato plants in vertical farming can be identified.

Specific Tasks:

  • Manage vertical farm dwarf tomato plant experiement
  • Measurements of plant architectural traits – possibly with 3D scanning technologies
  • Calibrate/Validate FSPM model

Used skills

  • Plant growth and development measurements,
  • Architectural measurements,
  • Performing climate chambers experiments,
  • Data analysis,
  • Programming

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