Case Studies

The CASI plant science team is continuously performing experiments to optimize chamber functionality, test new plant species, and establish baseline cultivation methodologies.  Our goal is to enhance yield, quality, consistency, and efficiency of cultivation in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. To learn more, please explore these reports on our most recent projects.

Case Study: Tobacco Cultivation

By Jessica Parsons, MSc and Erin McMichael

Tobacco, which is used in both agricultural research and biopharmaceutical production was grown as a model organism to test cultivation in the CASI chambers. Five different recipes were used to assess the impact of various conditions which can be controlled in the chambers. CO2 supplementation, light intensity, light spectrum, and temperature all had significant impacts on the height and biomass of the tobacco plants. 

Case Study: Plant Optimization

By Jessica Parsons, MSc and Erin McMichael

Recipe settings in the CASI chambers can be used both to improve plant growth and alter water and power use efficiency. In this trial, basil was grown under two sets of conditions – one to optimize plant growth, and one to minimize utility requirements. The results demonstrate the flexibility of the CASI chambers, showing that users can set their own priorities when designing a cultivation recipe.

Case Study: Pharmaceutical Production

By Jessica Parsons, MSc and Erin McMichael

Precision and consistency are critical when cultivating medicinal products such as cannabis. Trials in the CASI chambers show that environmental recipe conditions can be used to alter the chemistry of the buds. In all experiments, the CASI chambers produced 3-4x more yield/ft than in a conventional indoor growth room. This work provides a baseline cultivation methodology to support further research in cannabis. 

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