Dr. Erik Runkle talks to local news about the CELL

Dr. Runkle showcases his Controlled-Environment Lighting Lab to WLNS news

Dr. Erik Runkle being interviewed by local news station WLNS

Dr. Erik Runkle, a professor in the Department of Horticulture, was interviewed by Lansing's local news station (WLNS) for his Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) work. The CELL is a vertical farming research facility at Michigan State University focused on the indoor production of high-value specialty crops and was developed for:

  • AFE projectResearch on controlled-environment production of specialty food crops (such as leafy greens and herbs) and ornamentals (such as seedlings and cuttings)
  • Demonstration of indoor growing systems to inform growers and capture the interest of students and the public
  • Teaching applications for undergraduate students enrolled in relevant production courses in Horticulture at MSU


The CELL will be able to be seen by the public as part of the MSU Science Festival on April 14, 2018. Learn more about our Growing Food Without Sunlight or Soil tours held during this campus-wide event.




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