Five-day Introductory Training Course on

Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting (PFAL)

October 1st – 5th, 2018


Application acceptance for the Five-day Introductory Training Course on Plant Factory with Artificial lighting (PFAL) October 1st-5th, 2018 has just started.

Date:2018. 10.1 Mon - 10.5 Fri
You can access the application form here.
or use the attached excel form and send to

For more info, please visit the training course webpage.


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Reservation required!! Please apply from here or use the excel form and send it us.

★Study tour with lecture
You can see some of the greenhouses for tomato, etc. and some models of artificial light plant factories. Also, before or after the tour, you will receive reference materials and take a lecture or have a discussion with our specialized Doctors.

Fee: JPY 3000 including tax (Cash ONLY. An extra fee will be added if you have special requests.)
Time: about 2 hours
The minimum required number of participants: 10

The Topic of 15th of June was "Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting(PFAL)" by Dr. Kozai.
The Topic of 13th of April was "An accademic perspective on progress of indoor faeming" by Dr. Kozai.

Study Tour by JPFA staff.

You can see some of the greenhouses for tomato, etc. and some models of artificial light plant factories.

Fee: JPY1000 including tax (Cash ONLY. An extra fee will be added if you have special requests.)
Time: about 1 hour
The minimum required number of participants: 10

For more, please visit the study tour webpage.


The Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by the faculties of Chiba University engaged in the Plant Factory Project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.

Our target is to offer a viable solution to current problems related to food, the environment, energy, and resource use through the development and dissemination of sustainable plant factory systems that are resource saving and environmentally friendly.

We believe that plant factories also yield high-quality agricultural products, increase farmers’ incomes, and improve the quality of life of local people by generating employment opportunities.

The JPFA is pursuing economic rationality through the Plant Factory Project while introducing new technology.We sincerely hope that you will understand, participate in, and cooperate with our activities.

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LED Lighting for Urban Agriculture
Editors: Kozai, Toyoki, Fujiwara, Kazuhiro, Runkle and Erik S.

This book focuses on light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, mainly for the commercial production of horticultural crops in plant factories and greenhouses with controlled environments, giving special attention to:
1) plant growth and development as affected by the light environment; and 2) business and technological opportunities and challenges with regard to LEDs. The book contains more than 30 chapters grouped into seven parts: 1) overview of controlled-environment agriculture and its significance; 2) the effects of ambient light on plant growth and development; 3) optical and physiological characteristics of plant leaves and canopies; 4) greenhouse crop production with supplemental LED lighting; 5) effects of light quality on plant physiology and morphology; 6) current status of commercial plant factories under LED lighting; and 7) basics of LEDs and LED lighting for plant cultivation.

LED lighting for urban agriculture in the forthcoming decades will not be just an advanced form of current urban agriculture. It will be largely based on two fields: One is a new paradigm and rapidly advancing concepts, global technologies for LEDs, information and communication technology, renewable energy, and related expertise and their methodologies; the other is basic science and technology that should not change for the next several decades. Consideration should be given now to future urban agriculture based on those two fields.

The tremendous potentials of LED lighting for urban agriculture are stimulating many people in various fields including researchers, businesspeople, policy makers, educators, students, community developers, architects, designers, and entrepreneurs. Readers of this book will understand the principle, concept, design, operation, social roles, pros and cons, costs and benefits of LED lighting for urban agriculture, and its possibilities and challenges for solving local as well as global agricultural, environmental, and social issues.

Publiser: Springer
eBook: 139.00 USD ISBN 978-981-10-1848-0
Hardcover:179.00 USD ISBN 978-981-10-1846-6

This book provides expert insights into the best practices and lessons learned regarding the growth of food supply plants in controlled environments using artificial light.

Key Features
Provides full-scope insight on plant farm, from economics and planning to life-cycle assessment.
Presents state-of-the-art plant farm science, written by global leaders in plant farm advancements.
Includes case-study examples to provide real-world insights.

Plant Factory: An Indoor Vertical Farming System for Efficient Quality Food Production provides information on a field that is helping to offset the threats that unusual weather and shortages of land and natural resources bring to the food supply.
As alternative options are needed to ensure adequate and efficient production of food, this book represents the only available resource to take a practical approach to the planning, design, and implementation of plant factory (PF) practices to yield food crops. The PF systems described in this book are based on a plant production system with artificial (electric) lights and include case studies providing lessons learned and best practices from both industrial and crop specific programs.
With insights into the economics as well as the science of PF programs, this book is ideal for those in academic as well as industrial settings.

Table of Contents
Part I Overview and concept of closed plant production system (CPPS)
Part II Basics of physics and physiology – Environments and their effects Light
Part III System design, construction, cultivation and management
Part IV PFALs in operation and its perspectives

Editors :Toyoki Kozai, Genhua Niu & Michiko Takagaki
Expected Release Date:26 Oct 2015  and more ...
Our Mission and Vision

The mission and vision of the JPFA are to: develop sustainable plant factory systems that save energy, are kind to our environment, and result in high-quality, high-yielding production; support agro-industrialization through academic research; develop human resources by undertaking innovative agricultural science programs; support basic businesses; provide important knowledge and information on food safety through participatory programs; disseminate technical information allowing everyone to enjoy growing plants; and educate current and future generations on food and healthy living while creating employment opportunities.
R&D Program
Conducting research on sustainable plant factories and other projects assigned by national and international institutions.

Support Program
Providing various forms of technical support for plant factories and novel forms of agriculture.

Public Relations & Dissemination Program
Managing model facilities using the most advanced technology, making available samples of agricultural products and information on plant factories, and disseminating technical survey results and research findings.

Capacity-Building Program
Human resources development and technology diffusion by internationally recognized experts and capacity building of top-quality engineers, researchers, and managers.

Education Program
Organizing both local and international workshops, seminars, and symposiums, and sending lecturers to similar events hosted by other organizations.

Apply for Membership
Membership Application Form for the Japan Plant Factory Association.  and more.


From the Tokyo area, take the Tsukuba Express (TX) for Tsukuba / Moriya at Akihabara Station (JR) or at Kitasenjyu Station (JR Joban Line / Hibiya Subway Line / Tobu Line) to the Kashiwanoha-Campus Station. It is a 30 minutes train ride from Akihabara and 20 minutes ride from Kitasenjyu. From the Chiba and Saitama aria, take the Tsukuba Express (TX) for Tsukuba / Moriya at Minami-Nagareyama Station. The Kashiwanoha-Campus Station is a 10 minutes rede from Minami-Nagareyama Station.
The TX runs every 5 minutes during commuting hours and every 10 minutes for the rest of the day. If you are on a rapid train, get off at Nagareyama-Otakanomori, and change to a local or semi-rapid train arriving at the same plarform (rapid trains do not stop at Kashiwanoha-Campus Station). Kashiwanoha-Campus Station is the next stop.


When you exit from Kashiwanoha-Campus Station (only one exit), you can see the three-storied shopping mall “LALAPORT” on the left. Go Straight along the street next to the mall for about 100 meters (330 feet) until you come to the crossroad with a traffic light. Alternatively, you can go through the mall from the station side entrance to the opposite side of the mall.
The main gate of the of the Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences, Chiba University is across the street. After entering the main gate, turn right and go straight about 100 meters (330 feet) until you come to the green direction board. The office for Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) is on the 1st floor of the building at the right, with the orange sign board.
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Head Office
Center for Environment, Health & Field Sciences of Chiba Universite
6-2-1 Kashiwa-no-ha Kashiwa, Chiba 277-0882 JAPAN
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