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Teitel, M., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Liang, H., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Tanny, J., Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel, HIT – Holon Institute of Technology, POB 305, Holon, Israel
Garcia-Teruel, M., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Levi, A., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Ibanez, P.F., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Alon, H., Mop Darom, Besor Experimental Station, Mobile Post 4, Israel
An experiment was conducted to study the effect of structure height on air temperature and humidity, on air exchange rate and on transpiration and yield in an insect-proof screenhouse. Two houses with roof heights of 4 and 6 m, and impermeable polyethylene sheets on the sidewalls were examined. Air exchange with the outside environment took place only through the horizontal screened roof and tomato plants were grown in both houses. The results showed that the increase in screenhouse height from 4 to 6 m elicited almost no changes in daily mean air temperature, humidity ratio and consequently, in relative humidity within the canopy. However, it reduced by about 30% the airflow through the screenhouse and consequently the air exchange rate. Moreover, the increase in height did not elicit changes in crop transpiration, yield and plant development. Thus, it is concluded that in insect-proof screenhouses that are ventilated through the roof, there is no benefit in increasing structure height above the current common height of about 4 m. © 2017 IAgrE
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Effect of roof height on microclimate and plant characteristics in an insect-proof screenhouse with impermeable sidewalls
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Teitel, M., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Liang, H., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Tanny, J., Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel, HIT – Holon Institute of Technology, POB 305, Holon, Israel
Garcia-Teruel, M., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Levi, A., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Ibanez, P.F., Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Alon, H., Mop Darom, Besor Experimental Station, Mobile Post 4, Israel
Effect of roof height on microclimate and plant characteristics in an insect-proof screenhouse with impermeable sidewalls
An experiment was conducted to study the effect of structure height on air temperature and humidity, on air exchange rate and on transpiration and yield in an insect-proof screenhouse. Two houses with roof heights of 4 and 6 m, and impermeable polyethylene sheets on the sidewalls were examined. Air exchange with the outside environment took place only through the horizontal screened roof and tomato plants were grown in both houses. The results showed that the increase in screenhouse height from 4 to 6 m elicited almost no changes in daily mean air temperature, humidity ratio and consequently, in relative humidity within the canopy. However, it reduced by about 30% the airflow through the screenhouse and consequently the air exchange rate. Moreover, the increase in height did not elicit changes in crop transpiration, yield and plant development. Thus, it is concluded that in insect-proof screenhouses that are ventilated through the roof, there is no benefit in increasing structure height above the current common height of about 4 m. © 2017 IAgrE
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