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2018 Conference, University of Bristol

September 11 - September 12

The use of Controlled Environment Facilities in Research

Was held on 11th/12th September 2018 at the University of Bristol.

In addition to a tour of the local facilities, talks relating to the use of Controlled Environments included:

  • Professor Keith Edwards – University of Bristol, Genomics Group
    • The effect of temperature on meiosis and fertility in wheat:
      • In my presentation I will discuss the important of meiosis and recombination in wheat breeding and the effect, good and bad, that changes in temperature can have on meiosis and hence how temperature can influence both wheat yield and the breeding process.
  • Kerry Franklin – University of Bristol, Plant Environmental Signaling
    • Light and temperature-control of plant development.
  • Nich Wray – Bristol Botanic Garden
    • Using the glasshouse environment to deliver science education and public engagement.
      • The redevelopment of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden has allowed the garden to refocus its attention on delivering science. The glasshouse displays contains a number of elements to achieve this through habitat replication and careful climate control.
  • Dermot O’Regan – Grow Bristol
    • The Challenges of Commercial CAE (Controlled Environment Agriculture).
      • Optimisation of controlled environments, light recipes, growing media etc but when in the commercial space a grower must focus on running and growing a commercially viable business and therefore must optimise processes, administration, logistics and access to markets as much as the technical side and also manage capital expenditure and operating expenditure within their budgets. All of these, represent significant challenges in commercial vertical farming and CAE, which we have faced at Grow Bristol in our pilot project and now in planning the scale-up of our


September 11
September 12
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University of Bristol
Bristol BS8 1TH United Kingdom