About the project
We are now offering a Hort Innovation research scholarship to a highly motivated PhD candidate to contribute to the HIA funded project on 'Research and operations to trial innovation glass and photovoltaic technologies in protected cropping'. This project is in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology and the focus of this PhD project is to ingratiate the physiological, and biochemical response of major vegetable crops to the changes of innovation glass and photovoltaic technologies.
High energy cost is a major issue for greenhouse operations, limiting the productivity and profitability of greenhouse horticulture businesses across Australia. Smart Glass (SG) with adjustable light transmittance and semi-transparent photovoltaic glass (STPVG) will provide Australian growers the opportunity to greatly reduce energy cost in a commercial greenhouse, and potentially become energy self-sufficient using renewable energy. However, optimization of SG and STPVG technologies must not compromise plant growth by altering the appropriate wavelengths of light required for optimal photosynthesis and growth.
In the project, the student will assess the impact of innovative glass technologies including SG and STPVG on plant growth, physiology, yield and metabolic quality in a controlled CO2, temperature, nutrient and irrigation environment. The research will be undertaken in a in a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility at Western Sydney University and laboratories, and involve a range of sampling, diagnostic and experimental techniques. The student will be supervised and supported by a team of plant scientists at Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University.
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