DESCRIPTION FROM THE NCR-101 WEBSITE:

 DESCRIPTION FROM THE NCR-101 WEBSITE:

DESCRIPTION FROM THE NCR-101 WEBSITE:

“NCR-101 is a committee of the USDA’s North Central Region convened to help plant scientists understand how to use controlled environment technology effectively and consistently. It evolved from a group of plant scientists in the American Society for Horticultural Science, who in 1969 began discussing how to utilize growth chambers effectively to ensure consistent and comparable growth data among laboratories. When the NCR-101 committee was organized in 1972, this group was expanded to include other plant science societies and began encouraging private industry groups to participate.
It assumed a responsibility for developing activities that would provide information to all growth chamber users to ensure consistent and ‘normal’ plant growth. The committee holds meetings annually, which are hosted by its members on a rotating basis.
A major activity at our meetings has been the exchange of information on new technologies and problems in controlled environments. Each research person attending the NCR-101 meeting is required to submit a one page report to the committee, and is also given the opportunity to provide a five-minute summary of important issues for discussion. Industry participants are invited to present any new technologies or issues.
The committee has also sponsored two international symposia, one on measurement guidelines in 1978 and one on lighting in 1994, from which publications were prepared (Tibbitts & Kozlowski, 1979; Tibbitts, 1995). In addition, regular workshops on specific aspects of environmental control in controlled environments have been conducted at annual meetings of the American Society of Horticultural Science and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.”