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Identifying temperature thresholds for growing tomatoes in greenhouses

Grant number: 18/20699-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2019
Effective date (End): September 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Luiz Henrique Antunes Rodrigues
Grantee:Henrique Baeninger Pescarini
Home Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Agrícola (FEAGRI). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The current status of the internet of things not only allows for the farmer to improve his decision-making process but also for studies to unravel characteristics of crops through intensive monitoring of environmental conditions and their growth. For instance, the growth of tomato plants is affected by instant and average temperatures and by temperatures above and below optimum. Thus, monitoring leads to the creation of a database through which it is possible to establish the relationships between the growth rate and micrometeorological factors of the environment. Research studies are often developed regarding the effect of low temperatures on tomato growth since the crop is widely produced in countries where winter is severe and heating is necessary. In Brazil, on the other hand, it is the high temperatures that may impact the growth of the crop. Thus, by continuous data collection regarding tomato growth in a greenhouse and by the use of data mining techniques, this project's goal is to identify high-temperature values, along with other environmental factors, that may affect the growth of tomatoes in a greenhouse.