MEASUREMENT AND MODELING PLANT WATER USE TO QUANTIFY NURSERY WATER REQUIREMENTS
Subtropical Insects and Horticulture Research
Project Number: 6618-13000-004-07
Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 19, 2008
End Date: Aug 18, 2013
The objectives of this cooperative research project are to 1) apply aerial and substrate water measurement and modeling techniques, 2) schedule nursery water use by integrating interactions between plant growth environment and recent advances in physiological process modeling of nursery water flux, 3) move toward the development of a real-time model-sensor integrated system that calculates plant water use on a genotype specific basis, and 4) move towards quantifying individual nutrient consumption and application across the growing season.
Measure inherent plant physiological responses and calculate physiological parameters. Develop process models for plant water use calculations. Simulate, forecast, and prescribe plant water use on a genotypic basis for selected containerized nursery crops under various irrigation schedules (volume and timing).