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Alliance-funded research to study greenhouse energy efficiency

As reported on, a team of graduate engineering students from U of G, led by engineering professor Dr. David Lubitz, will be collecting data from the owner and head grower for a passive solar year-round greenhouse in Ottawa. Rob Lyle's HighYield™  greenhouse will be part of a larger study of commercial greenhouse efficiency throughout Ontario, Canada. 

View of a farm landscape, where most of the ground is green and lush with plants. There are strips of brown soil visible between rows.

U of G researcher develops soil health test that could save time, money

In this Alliance-funded research, Dr. Adam Gillespie and team developed a tool that creates a soil "fingerprint" using infrared spectroscopy.

The technology could replace traditional time-consuming and costly methods that involve extracting samples and sending them to a lab to be analyzed.

The tool is being tested on research farms. The fingerprint also provides database-informed, regional-specific soil management recommendations for producers.

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