The covering of the research centre in Abu Dhabi has been completed. The side walls are not yet placed since this will raise the temperature inside the greenhouse above 50 degrees since the cooling is not in place. The construction will be finished mid summer after which the installation will be tested for three months.
September the centre will be fully operational for research on water use efficient horticulture in the extreme conditions.
The comparison between the traditional cooling method being evaporative cooling and mechanical cooling using chillers will be an important research topic. The effect of covering material specially the effect of diffuse vs. clear glass is also an interesting topic.
Naturally all other aspects related to greenhouse operation like IPM, substrate selection, and crop maintenance will be part of the research as well.
The operation and research will be jointly done by the local party and Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture.