Membership function model for defining optimality of vapor pressure deficit in closed-field cultivation of tomato
Estimation of plantRSQUOs evapotranspiration (ET) or water loss to the atmosphere depends on the vapor pressure deficit (VPD) of the closed-field environment (greenhouse). The objective of this work was to develop a membership function model for defining optimal VPD of greenhouse air for tomato cultivation (Lycopersicon esculentum) at different growth stages (GS) and light conditions (sun, cloud, night). Mathematical descriptions of a peer-reviewed published growth response (GR) model for optimal greenhouse air temperature (T) and relative humidity (rH) were derived and implemented in a computer program. An incremental algorithm was written in MATLAB© based on definitive concepts in VPD equations and the GR model. Non-linear regression was applied to describe mathematical relationship between the incremented outputs of the model and the calculated VPD values (R2=0.999 to 1). Results were validated with three published literatures and were shown to be capable of exploring optimal levels of VPD by means of real numbers between 0 and 1. This study can contribute to knowledge-based information and decision support systems in greenhouse climate control and management by quantifying comfort level of microclimate.
Shamshiri, R., Che Man, H., Zakaria, A.J., Beveren, P.V., Wan Ismail, W.I. and Ahmad, D. 2017. Membership function model for defining optimality of vapor pressure deficit in closed-field cultivation of tomato. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1152:281-290
vapor pressure deficit, optimal value, greenhouse, tomato, growth response, membership functions