Dr. Petrus Langenhoven is a Horticulture and Hydroponics Crops Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He joined the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture in March 2015. Prior to this, he dedicated his career to the development of Sub-Saharan Africa’s specialty crops sector. With specialization in hydroponics and vegetable crop production, Dr. Langenhoven is a key member in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture’s Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Team. CEA has been identified as a signature area for the Department. Interest in healthy sustainably produced food, local foods, and urbanization of the state, and emerging new technologies provide a set of conditions that pushes this segment of horticulture forward. His expertise in vegetable and peppermint production serves a critical teaching need. His strong background in horticulture production research and Extension allows him to leverage research and Extension programming around new technologies and expertise in high tunnel and greenhouse management, and open field vegetable production. His skills propel him to engage in new crop development activities such as microgreens, personalized specialty cantaloupe, leafy amaranth, summer squash, sweet colored and chili pepper, and peppermint production. Dr. Langenhoven serves as Co-Director of the Purdue Student Farm and Co-Chair of the Indiana Horticulture Conference & Expo.
There are many different NFT channel designs available in the U.S. market. Is there an advantage to use a specific design? We will share experiences growing lettuce in different channel design options.