Funded Research Projects: RESTORATION ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTURE

Modeling Plant and Soil Processes in Garlic for Smart-Farm Technology

Research Sponsored By: Rural Development Administration
Principal Investigator: Soo-Hyung Kim
Project Description
Crop simulation models are crucial for predicting crop responses to environmental factors. While many crop models are available for staple crops, few models exist for specialty crops such as garlic. Garlic is an essential crop in many cultures and countries including the United States, Korea, China, and European nations. The objective of this project is to develop a process-based crop model for garlic based on our current understanding of its physiology, ecology, and agronomy. Specifically, we will 1) build a coupled soil-plant model that responds to soil water availability, and 2) apply the model for developing farm-level predictors of crop growth and yield in major garlic production areas.