When Ohio State University opened its new Controlled Environment Agriculture Complex (CEARC) on Friday, September 30, it was a culmination of efforts between the school and industry. Companies such as Nationwide Insurance, Current (formerly GE Current), Priva and General Hydroponics (to name a few) donated both money and products.
The current one provided LED grow lighting for the four rooms that will be used for growing vines, berries and leafy vegetables at CEARC, while Hort Americas handled the lighting layout, design and planning. The 48,989 square meter CEARC will provide a platform for interdisciplinary research at the intersection of horticulture, engineering, entomology, pathology, food science, computer science and human nutrition/health.
“This is an important project for the industry because of the advanced research, education and vocational training that will be conducted at this facility,” said Chris Higgins, president and co-founder of Hort America. “We’re also excited because this is a way to prepare students to work directly in commercial horticulture.”
CEARC researchers will explore new methods to improve nutrient density and flavor in fruits and vegetables, as well as harvesting and controlling insects and pests. In addition, clinical studies will be conducted to investigate the efficacy of enhanced nutritional value in the human diet.
In appreciation of Current’s support, CEARC’s lobby is referred to as the Arize Lobby. Arize is Current’s world-class LED lighting brand.
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