Profile and direction of R&D Center for the Plant Factory
In plant factories, well-planned and stabilized production of leafy vegetables, fruit vegetables, and other useful plants is made possible by controlling environmental factors, such as light, temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide concentration, nutrients, and air distribution, and by analyzing and monitoring plant growth. Plant factories are divided into two types: enclosed facilities using artificial light and facilities with sunlight.
R&D Center for the Plant Factory at Osaka Prefecture University (PFC) is one of the most advanced R&D centers that specialize in the research of plant factory using artificial light in Japan. PFC is made up of four buildings: Buildings C20 and C21 constructed as research facilities in March 2011, Building C22 constructed as a new-generation plant factory in September 2014, and Minamihanada Lab. (OSP&PFC Second R&D Center) constructed as a feasibility research facility in October 2019.
Aiming to realize the society that SDGs mean, PFC has set a vision of “contributing to resolving food and environmental issues by advancing urban greenhouse horticulture, focusing on plant factories capable of controlling a cultivation environment.” We are engaged in the missions of (1) promoting R&D and technological developments through industry-government-academia collaboration, (2) developing human resources through education and training programs, (3) conducting awareness-raising activities aimed at promoting the spread of plant factories, and (4) supporting production sites. Reaching its eleventh year since inception, this center has been into the third phase. We are now working on research and development projects to realize fully automated production and human resource management systems using AI and ICT technologies. Our other R&D efforts include exploring cultivation techniques for functional plants, as well as searching for new species with an eye on production.
To develop human resources, PFC has systematically offered working professionals basic, practical and applicative seminars in cooperation with a consortium, and also provides active support for “Minor subjects for Plant Factory Science”, part of undergraduate education at the university.
As visibility promotion and dissemination activities, PFC has willingly hosted tours for the general public, whether individuals or groups, in addition to offering study tours for researchers from around the world. Also, PFC has participated in various exhibitions, and organized idea recipe contests targeted students and other events , striving to actively disseminate information.
As plant factories are getting more recognized in the society as one of new industries, PFC is committed to further strengthening cooperation with the consortium to actively provide technical solutions and on-site consultation.
We sincerely ask for your continued support and cooperation so that PCF may actively develop education and research activities and make major advances with significant research outcomes, as one of the world-leading R&D centers.
Director of R&D Center for the Plant Factory
The vison of PFC
Contributing to resolving food and environmental issues by advancing urban greenhouse horticulture, focusing on plant factories capable of controlling a cultivation environment.
(Sustainable Development Goals)
The missions of PFC
○ Promote R&D and technological developments through industry-government-academia collaboration.
Promote consortium-based joint researches at Buildings C20, 21 and 22, as well as Minamihanada Lab.
○ Develop human resources through education and training programs.
Provide education programs for undergraduates “Minor subjects for the Plant Factory Science,” and training courses for working professionals at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
○ Support production sites.
Conduct examinations, inspections and analyses to make advice for production sites.
○ Promote PR activities regarding plant factories such as:
Publicity work, facility tours, lectures, etc.
Our Role for SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)
We will take initiatives to achieve the SDGs.
Outline of our facilities
R&D Center for the Plant Factory at Osaka Prefecture University (PFC) comprises Building C20, Building C21 and Building C22. Building C20 is a research and development facility to study elemental technologies necessary for plant growth concerning light, air distribution, temperature, humidity and CO2 concentration. Building C21 serves as an empirical research facility to verify cultivation technologies in relation to multi-layer and flat-type plant production systems. Building C22 represents a new-generation plant factory that can produce up to 6,000 heads of leaf lettuce per day. Minamihanada Lab. (OSP&PFC Second R&D Center) is used as a model demonstration facility that allows multi-type, on-demand plant production, with a capacity to produce up to 4,000 heads of leaf lettuce per day.
PFC’s operating structure
This center promotes contract research, joint research, and human resource development, based on both the university research organization and the consortium. This consortium is comprised of corporations and individual members who are running or interested in plant factories.