The next generation of Precision Horticulture Technologies

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Joe Mari J. Maja, Ph.D.
Edisto Research & Education Center
Clemson University

James Robbins, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas - CES
2301 South University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72204

Invitation to submit an original research article, opinion paper or review article for a specialedition of AIMS Agriculture and Food

Theme: The next generation of Precision Horticulture Technologies


Precision horticulture is a science where scientist or growers develop new technologies to optimize the management of crop production or increasing efficiency. This was the primary factor of the growth of US agriculture in the late 20th century. Due to its success, it is important to look at the context of how this new technology currently being develop will impact the rapidly increasing world population. The United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization forecast that a growing population of 10 Billion by 2050 may not have enough food to meet the nutritional needs. Food production experts and scientists around the world concur that an increase of at least50% is needed in food production to address the growing population. This is a huge undertaking, as increasing food production requires increasing all farm inputs. Water, pesticides, and fertilizers are just some of the required inputs. With these requirements, problems with limited water resources will be the next thing that needs to be addressed by farmers. Moreover, aside from food, there are other equally important competing demands that also make use of these required inputs, e.g., biofuels (which requires a substantial amount of land), and other factors that farmers need to address such issues as plant diseases, longer drought periods, lack of overall precipitation, weather, etc.

The ultimate objective of precision horticulture was to optimize the use of available resources on a site specific level. With the recent advances in sensors and technology, e.g. Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS), Light Emitting Diode (LED), Internet Of Things (IoT) and the miniaturization of available electronic components, new systems can be easily created to address this objective.

This special issue will focus on presenting the different technologies under development or has been used to optimize the management of crop production or increasing efficiency. Topics include but not limited to the following:

- LED Technology in Agriculture
- Internet Of Things
- Remote Sensing
- Sensors
- Automation

Instructions for authors:
Submission due date:30 April 2018.

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