Horticultural engineering blends agricultural
engineering, plant science, computer science, and control theory to produce
effective and efficient plant growing systems, whether in high-tech
greenhouses or low-tech row cover systems. In case of greenhouse production
systems, a frequently used term is Controlled Environment Agriculture. People
trained in this discipline have a strong understanding of and appreciation for
the engineering, biological, and environmental aspects of plant production.
Horticultural engineers play a vital role in the secure, healthy, and
cost-effective production of many edible and ornamental plant species on which
we all depend.