Controlled Environment Agricultural Center The University of Arizona
Kacira Lab
Murat Kacira, Associate Professor
Department of Ag. and Biosystems Engineering
Shantz Bldg. #38, Rm 504
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
  Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
1951 E. Roger Rd., Rm 104
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719
phone: (520) 626-4254   e-mail: mkacira@cals.arizona.edu
PhD Dissertation
Kacira M. 2000. Non-contact and Early Detection of Plant Water Stress Using Infra-red Thermometry and Image Processing. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

MSc Thesis
Kacira M. 1996. Modeling Dynamic Air Exchanges for Naturally Ventilated Sawtooth Greenhouse Designs. Master Thesis. Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

A - Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

Villarreal-Guerrero, F., M. Kacira, E. Fitz-Rodríguez, R. Linker, G. A. Giacomelli, A. Arbel, C. Kubota. 2013. Implementation of a greenhouse cooling strategy with natural ventilation and variable fogging rates. Transactions of ASABE. (In Press)

Sase, S., M. Kacira, T. Boulard, L. Okushima. 2012. Determination of porosity parameters for tomato canopy: An experimental study in a wind tunnel. Transactions of the ASABE. 55(5): 1921-1927.

Bartzanas, T., M. Kacira, H. Zhu, S. Karmakar, E. Tamimi, N. Katsoulas, I. Lee, C. Kittas. 2012. Computational fluid dynamics applications to improve crop production systems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. (In Press)

Waller, P., R. Ryan, M. Kacira, P. Li. 2012. The algae raceway integrated design for optimal temperature management. Biomass and Bioenergy, 46: 702-709.

Lee, I.B., J. Pascual, P. Bitog, S. Hong, I. Seo, K. Kwon, T. Bartzanas, M. Kacira. 2012. The past, present and future of CFD for agro-environmental applications, Computers and Electroncs in Agricculture. (In Press)

Crowe, B., S. Attalah, S. Agrawal, P. Waller, R. Ryan, J. Van Wagenen, A. Chavis, J. Kyndt, M. Kacira, K. L. Ogden, M. Huesemann. 2012. A comparison of Nannochloropsis salina growth performance in two outdoor pond designs: conventional raceways versus the ARID pond with superior temperature management. International Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol. 2012, Article ID 920608, 9 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/920608

Boscheri, G., M. Kacira, L. Patterson, G. Giacomelli, P. Sadler, R. Furfaro, C. Lobascio, M. Lamantea, L. Grizzaffi. 2012. Modified energy cascade model adapted for a multicrop lunar greenhouse prototype. Advances in Space Research, 50: 941-951

Villarreal-Guerrero, F., M. Kacira, E. Fitz-Rodríguez, R. Linker, C. Kubota, G.A. Giacomelli, A. Arbel. 2012. Simulated performance of a greenhouse cooling control strategy with natural ventilation and fog cooling. Biosystems Engineering, 111: 217-228.

Villarreal-Guerrero, F., M. Kacira, E. Fitz-Rodríguez, C. Kubota, G.A. Giacomelli, R. Linker, A. Arbel. 2012. Comparison of three evapotranspiration models for a greenhouse cooling strategy with natural ventilation and variable high pressure fogging. Scientia Horticulturae, 134: 210-221.

Yang, Z. C, C. Kubota, P. L. Chia, M. Kacira. 2012. Effect of end-of-day far-red light from a movable LED fixture on squash rootstock hypocotyl elongation. Scientia Horticulturae, 136: 81-86.

Linker, R., M. Kacira, A. Arbel. 2011. Robust climate control of a greenhouse equipped with variable-speed fans and a variable-pressure fogging system. Biosystems Engineering, 110(2): 153-167.

Striemer, G.M., D. L. Story, A. Akoglu and M. Kacira. 2011. A Node and Network Level Self-Recovering Distributed Wireless Sensor Architecture for Real-Time Crop Monitoring in Greenhouses. Transactions of ASABE, 54(4): 1521-1527.

Story, D., M. Kacira, C. Kubota, A. Akoglu, L. An. 2010. Lettuce calcium deficiency detection with machine vision computed plant features in controlled environments. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 74: 238-243.

Bascetincelik, A., H.H. Ozturk, K. Ekinci, D. Kaya, M. Kacira, C. Karaca. 2009. Assessment of the applicability of EU biomass technologies in Turkey. Energy, Exploration & Exploitation, 27(4): 225-306.

Bascetincelik, A., H.H. Ozturk, K. Ekinci, D. Kaya, M. Kacira, C. Karaca. 2009. Strategy development and determination of barriers for thermal energy and electricity generation from agricultural biomass in Turkey. Energy, Exploration & Exploitation, 27(4): 277-294.

Giacomelli, G., R.L. Patterson, E. Fitz-Rodriquez, M. Kacira, P. Sadler. 2009. Support of CEA applications with telepresence. HortScience, 44(4): 1070-1071.

Simsek, M., T. Tonkaz, M. Kacira, N. Çömlekçio?lu and Z. Do?an. 2005. The effects of different irrigation regimes on cucumber (Cucumbis sativus L.) yield and yield characteristics under open field conditions. Agricultural Water Management, 73(3): 173-191.

Kacira, M., S. Sase, L. Okushima and P. P. Ling. 2005. Plant response based sensing and control strategies in sustainable greenhouse production. Journal of Agricultural Meteorology of Japan, 61(1): 15-22.

Simsek, M., M. Kacira, T. Tonkaz. 2004. The effects of different drip irrigation regimes on watermelon (Citrullus lanatus L.) yield and yield components under semi-arid climatic conditions. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 55: 1149-1157.

Kacira, M., M. Simsek, Y. Babur and S. Demirkol. 2004. Determination of optimum tilt angles and orientations for PV panels in Sanliurfa, Turkey. Renewable Energy, 29(8): 1265-1275.

Kacira, M., S. Sase, O. O. Kacira, L. Okushima, M. Ishii, H. Kowata and H. Moriyama. 2004. Status of greenhouse production in Turkey: Focusing on vegetable and floriculture productions. Journal of Agricultural Meteorology of Japan, 60(2): 115-122.
Kacira, M. and S. Sase. 2004. Optimization of vent configuration by evaluating greenhouse and plant canopy ventilation rates under wind induced ventilation. Transactions of the ASAE, 47(6): 2059-2067.

Kacira, M., S. Sase and L. Okushima. 2004. Effects of side vents and span numbers on wind-induced natural ventilation of a gothic multi-span greenhouse. Japan Agricultural Research Quarterly, 38(4): 227-233.

Kacira, M. and M. Simsek. 2004. Leaf area determination using non-destructive methods. Journal of Harran University College of Agriculture, 7(1-2): 37-43.

Tonkaz, T., M. Simsek and M. Kacira. 2003. The effects of different irrigation levels on the weight of cucumber. Journal of Harran University College of Agriculture, 7(1-2): 69-74.

Kacira, M., P. P. Ling, T. H. Short. 2002. Establishing crop water stress index (CWSI) threshold values for early and non-contact detection of plant water stress. Transactions of ASAE, 45(3): 775-780.

Kacira, M., P. P. Ling and T. H. Short. 2002. Machine vision extracted plant movement for early detection of plant water stress. Transactions of the ASABE, 45(4): 1147-1153.

Kacira, M. and P. P. Ling. 2001. Design and development of an automated and non-contact sensing system for continuous monitoring of plant health and growth. Transactions of ASAE, 44(4): 889-896.

Kacira, M., T. H. Short, and R. R. Stowell. 1998. A CFD Evaluation of naturally ventilated, multi-span, sawtooth greenhouses. Transactions of ASABE, 41(3): 833-836.

B - Refereed Journal and International Conference Papers

Giacomelli, G., G. Boscheri, R. Furfaro, M. Kacira, C. Lobascio, L. Patterson, P. Sadler, M. Pirolli, R. Remiddi, D. Story, M. Thangavelu, M. Catalina. 2012. Bio-regenerative Life Support System Development for Lunar/Mars Habitats. 42nd Int. Conf. on Environmental Systems, July 15-19, San Diego, California.

Kacira, M., G. Giacomelli, R.L. Patterson, R. Furfaro, P.D. Sadler, G. Boscheri, C. Lobascio, M. Lamantea, R.M. Wheeler, and S. Rossignoli. 2012. System dynamics and performance factors of UA-CEAC lunar greenhouse prototype bioregenerative life support system. ActaHorticulturae, 952: 575-582.

Villarreal-Guerrero, F., M. Kacira, E. Fitz-Rodriguez, G. Giacomelli, C. Kubota, R. Linker, and A. Arbel . 2012. Simulation of fixed and variable pressure fogging in naturally ventilated greenhouse, water and energy savings and stability of climate. ActaHorticulturae, 952: 37-44.

Fitz-Rodr?guez, E., M. Kacira, F. Villarreal-Guerrero, G.A. Giacomelli, R. Linker, C. Kubota, A. Arbel. 2012. Neural network predictive control in a naturally ventilated and fog cooled greenhouse. ActaHorticulturae,952: 45-52.

Patterson, R. L., G.A. Giacomelli, M. Kacira, P.D. Sadler, R.M. Wheeler, , and. 2012. Description, operation and production of the South Pole food growth chamber. ActaHorticulturae, 952:589-596.

Story, D., M. Kacira, C. Kubota and A. Akoglu. 2011. Morphological and textural plant feature detection using machine vision for intelligent plant health, growth and quality monitoring. ActaHorticulturae, 893: 299-306.

Sadler, P., G. Giacomelli, , L. Patterson, M. Kacira, R. Furfaro, C. Lobascio, G. Boscheri, M. Lamantea, L. Grizzaffi, S. Rossignoli, M. Prirolli, and S. DePascale. 2011. Bio-regenerative life support systems for space surface applications. Proc. of 41th Int. Conf. on Environmental Systems: Towards Permanent Lunar Habitation: The Journey Continues. Paper No: AIAA-2011-5133.

Baeza, E., J. P. Parra, J. C. López, J. C. Gázquez, M. Kacira, J. I. Montero. 2011. Validation of CFD simulations for three dimensional temperature distributions of a naturally ventilated multispan greenhouse obtained by wind tunnel measurements. ActaHorticulturae, 893: 571-579.

Linker, R., A. Arbel, M. Kacira, O. Gutman. 2011. Design and Validation of Robust Controllers for Fog and Ventilation in Mechanically Ventilated Greenhouses. An ASABE Meeting Presentation Paper, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Paper No: 1110553.

Rodríguez, E. F., M. Kacira, F. V. Guerrero, C. Kubota, G. Giacomelli, R. Linker, A. Arbel. 2010. Dynamic Response and Environmental Uniformity of a Naturally Ventilated Greenhouse Cooled with a Variable-Pressure Fogging System. ASABE Paper Number: 1009436, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Villarreal-Guerrero, F., M. Kacira, E.F. Rodriguez., R. Linker, A. Arbel, C. Kubota, G. Giacomelli. 2010. Developing a Control Strategy for Greenhouses Equipped with Natural Ventilation and Variable Pressure Fogging: Evapotranspiration Models and Simulated Comparison of Fixed and Variable Pressure Fog Cooling. ASABE Paper Number: 1009388, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Striemer, G.M., D. Story, A. Akoglu, M. Kacira. 2010. A Node and Network Level Self-Healing Distributed Wireless Sensor Architecture for Greenhouse Based Plant Monitoring Systems. ASABE Paper Number: 1009468, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Kacira, M., S. Sase, A. Ikeguchi, M. Ishii, G. Giacomelli, N. Sabeh. 2008. Effect of Vent Configuration and Wind Speed on Three-Dimensional Temperature Distributions in a Naturally Ventilated Multi-Span Greenhouse by Wind Tunnel Experiments. ActaHorticulturae, 801: 393-400.

M. Kacira, A. Bascetincelik, H.H. Ozturk, D. Kaya, K. Ekinci and C. Karaca. 2006. Renewable energy potential and sustainable use in GAP region. Presented at the International Conference on Sustainable and New Technologies for Agricultural Production in GAP Region, May 29-31, Sanliurfa, Turkey. (Invited Speaker)

M. Kacira, S. Sase, A. Ikeguchi, M. Ishii and L. Okushima. 2005. Determining temperature and airflow distributions in a naturally ventilated multi-span greenhouse by wind tunnel experiments and CFD analysis. Presented at the International Conference on Research Highlights and Vanguard Technology on Environmental Engineering in Agricultural Systems (IC-RVEA), September 12-15, Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, JAPAN. (Invited Speaker)

Ba?çetinçelik, A., Karaca, C., Öztürk, H.H., Kacira, M., Ekinci, K. 2005. Agricultural Biomass Potential in Turkey. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on Mechanization and Energy in Agriculture & 27th International Conference of CIGR Section IV: The Efficient Use of Electricity and Renewable Energy Sources in Agriculture: 195-199, Sep.27-29, 2005, ?zmir-TURKEY.  

Ba?çetinçelik, A., Karaca, C., Öztürk, H.H., Kacira, M., Ekinci, K. 2005. Regional Distribution of Agricultural Biomass Potential in Turkey. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on Mechanization and Energy in Agriculture & 27th International Conference of CIGR Section IV: The Efficient Use of Electricity and Renewable Energy Sources in Agriculture:365-369, Sep.27-29, 2005, ?zmir-TURKEY.

Sase, S., M. Kacira, L. Okushima, M. Ishii, H. Moriyama and H. Kowata, . 2004. Cooling greenhouses under natural ventilation. International Workshop on Agricultural Structures and Environmental Control, Suwon City, Korea.

Moriyama, H., S. Sase, A. Ikeguchi, M. Ishii, M. Kacira and H. Kowata, .2004. Engineering Analysis of the Greenhouse Structures Damaged by Typhoon 0221 in Japan, 2004 CIGR International Conference: Olympics of Agricultural Engineering, Beijing, China.

Kacira, M. and M. Simsek. 2004. Leaf area determination using non-destructive methods. Journal of Harran University College of Agriculture, Sanliurfa, 7(1-2): 37-43.

Tonkaz, T., M.Simsek and M. Kacira. 2003. The effects of different irrigation levels on the weight of cucumber,” Journal of Harran University College of Agriculture, Sanliurfa, 7(1-2): 69-74.

Chen Y., P. P. Ling and M. Kacira. 2002. Let Plants Say What They Need: Plant-Response-Based Portable Water Stress Monitoring System for Greenhouse Plant Production. Proc. 8th. International Congress on Agricultural Mechanization and Energy Conference, Ku?adas?, Turkey: 297-303.

Kacira, M., P. P. Ling and T. H. Short. 2000. Plant water stress detection using machine vision extracted plant movement. Presented at the Annual and International Meeting of American Society for Agricultural Engineers, Minnesota, USA, Paper no: 003026

Kacira, M., P. P. Ling and T. H. Short. 1999. Non-contact sensing of plant water stress by infra-red thermometry and image processing. Presented at the Annual and International Meeting, ASAE/CSAE-SCGR, Toranto, Ontario, CANADA, Paper No: 995004.

Kacira, M., P. P. Ling and T. H. Short. 1999. A Review on Non-Contact Sensing of Plant Water Stress Using Infra-Red Thermometry for Controlled Environment Plant Production,” Proc. 7th. International Congress on Agricultural Mechanization and Energy Conference, Adana, Turkey: 383-388.

Kacira, M., T. H. Short and R. R. Stowell. 1999. Computational Fluid Dynamics as a Tool for Analysis of Natural Ventilation of a Sawtooth Greenhouse,” Proc. 7th. International Congress on Agricultural Mechanization and Energy Conference, Adana, Turkey: 277-282.

Kacira, M., T. H. Short and R. R. Stowell. 1997. A Fluid Dynamic Evaluation of Naturally Ventilated Gutter-Connected Greenhouses. Presented at the Annual and International Meeting of American Society for Agricultural Engineers, Minneapolis, USA, Paper no: 974059.

C- Book Chapters


Montero, J. I., M. Teitel, E. Baeza, J.C. Lopez, M. Kacira. 2011. Chapter on "Greenhouse Design and Covering Materials," to appear in the FAO book "Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Greenhouse Vegetable Production in the Mediterranean Region." In Review.

Bascetincelik, A., H.H. Ozturk, C. Karaca, M. Kacira, K. Ekinci, D. Kaya, A. Baban, K. Gunes, N. Komioti, I. Barnes and M. Nieminen. 2006. Exploitation of Agricultural Residues in Turkey. EU, LIFE 03 TCY/TR/000061 Final report: 777 pages.

VanToai, T.T., G. Roberts, Y. Yang, P.P. Ling, G. Boru, D. Hua, B. Bishop and M. Kacira. 2003. Monitoring Soybean Tolerance to Flood Stress Using and Image Processing Technique. American Society of Agronomy, Special Publications No: 66, American Society of Agronomy Inc., 677 South Segoe Rd., Madison, Wisconsin 53711, USA.

D- Editorial Work


Kubota, C. and M. Kacira. (eds.) 2008. Proceedings of International Society of Horticultural Scientists (ISHS) International Workshop on Greenhouse Environmental Control and Crop Production in Semi-Arid Regions, ActaHorticulturae, Vol 797, October 20-24, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Ozer, B., M. Kacira. M.A. Cullu. (eds.) 2006. Proceedings of International Conference on Sustainable and New Technologies for Agricultural Production in GAP Region. May 29-31, Sanliurfa, Turkey.

Bascetincelik, A., H.H. Ozturk, C. Karaca, M. Kacira, K. Ekinci, A. Baban, D. Kaya, I. Barnes, N. Comiotti, M. Nieminen. (eds.) 2005. Training Book for Exploitation of Agricultural Residues in Turkey. EU/LIFE03 TCY/TR/000061.

Saglam, R., M. Kacira, R. Polat. (eds.) 2001. Proceedings of 20th National Agricultural Mechanization Congress. Sept. 13-15, Sanliurfa, Turkey.

E- Conference Proceedings Papers


Baeza, E., J. P. Parra, J. C. López, J. C. Gázquez, M. Kacira, J.I. Montero. 2009. Validation of CFD Simulations for Three Dimensional Temperature Distributions of a Naturally Ventilated Multispan Greenhouse obtained by Wind Tunnel Measurements. Oral presentation paper for GreenSys2009, June 13-18, Quebec, Canada.

Story, D., M. Kacira, C. Kubota and A. Akoglu. 2009. Morphological and Textural Plant Feature Detection Using Machine Vision for Intelligent Plant Health, Growth and Quality Monitoring. Oral presentation paper for GreenSys2009, June 13-18, Quebec, Canada.

Sadler, P., G. Giacomelli, R. Furfaro, M. Kacira, L. Patterson. 2009. Prototype BLSS Lunar Greenhouse. , 39th International Conference on Environmental Systems July 12-16, 2009, Savannah, Georgia. Paper Number 09ICES-0250.

Kacira, M. 2008. Energy efficient and high quality crop production through plant sensing in greenhouses. Presented at ISHS International Workshop on Greenhouse Environmental Control and Crop Production in Semi-Arid Regions, October 20-24. (Oral presentation and abstract)

Story, D., M. Kacira, A. Akoglu and C. Kubota. 2008. A Machine Vision Guided System for Plant Health and Growth Monitoring in Controlled Environment Agriculture Production. Presented at ISHS International Workshop on Greenhouse Environmental Control and Crop Production in Semi-Arid Regions, October 20-24. (Poster)

Villarreal-Guerrero, F. and M. Kacira. 2008. Determining Penman-Monteith coefficients for tomato crop grown in semi-arid greenhouse under three different greenhouse cooling settings. Presented at ISHS International Workshop on Greenhouse Environmental Control and Crop Production in Semi-Arid Regions, October 20-24. (Poster)

Schoonderbeek, J. and M. Kacira. 2008. Large scale concentrated solar power and greenhouse: A perfect match with some challenges. Presented at ISHS International Workshop on Greenhouse Environmental Control and Crop Production in Semi-Arid Regions, October 20-24. (Poster)

F- Others


Ishii, M., S. Sase, H. Kowata, H. Moriyama, L. Okushima, I. Lee and M. Kacira. 2003. New environmental control technology in protected horticulture. Journal of Agricultural and Rural Development Information Center (ISSN 1340-7813), Vol (72): 26-37.

MEDIA
Both, A. J., R. Hansen, M. Kacira. 2012. Hydroponics Give Growers Control. Greenhouse Grower, May 25. http://www.greenhousegrower.com/article/27924/hydroponics-give-growers-control?browserPass=1. Accessed 05/29/2012.

Kacira, M. 2012. Foresight and Integrating Vision Systems. SciTechReports. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKAbyKIr99Q. Accessed 06/26/2011.

Giacomelli, G., C. Kubota, M. Kacira, P. Rorabaugh. 2012. No Ordinary Tomorrows. SciTechReports. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V02-msDXatI. Accessed 01/19/2012.

Kacira. M. 2010. Telepresence and Plant Health and Growth Monitoring. Appeared on local science program "WaveLengths." PBS Channel 6, Tucson, AZ, November 28th.

Nintzel, J. 2010. Tomatoes on the Moon. Tucson Weekly. Available at http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2010/09/12/tomatoes-on-the-moon. Accessed 08/14/2011.

Fialho, L. 2010. No soil, no problem: UA researchers build garden for growing plants in space. Arizona Daily Wildcat. Available at http://wildcat.arizona.edu/news/no-soil-no-problem-1.1609370. Accessed 08/14/2011. Stiles, E. 2010. UA Engineers Build Lunar Vegetable Garden. UANews. Available at http://uanews.org/node/33901. Accessed 04/20/2011.

Drotleff, L. 2009. The Ultimate Remote Control. Growing Produce. Available at http://www.growingproduce.com/varieties/vegetables/greenhouseinsider/?storyid=2817. Accessed 11/30/2009.

Kacira. M. 2009. Farm of Future. Appeared on MSNBC KVOA Channel 4 News, Tucson, AZ, June 03rd.

PATENTS


Waller, P., R. Ryan, M. Kacira, P. Li. 2010. Aquaculture raceway integrated design. US Patent Application Publication No: US2011/0023360A1.
Invited scholarly presentations (Last 5 years)


2012. Engineering CEA Systems for a Sustainable Future: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities. The Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE) Conference, Irvine, CA, USA.

2012. Advanced Monitoring and Control of Greenhouse System for Optimized Resource Use Efficiency. Agronomy Week Conference, Faculty of Agronomy, University of San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, February. (Keynote Lecture)

2011. Plant factory production systems in the United States. CIGR International Conference on "Sustainable Bioproduction - Water, Energy, and Food, Tokyo, Japan, September. (Session Keynote Lecture)

2011. Resource use efficient greenhouse production in semiarid climate. Chinese and Japanese Society Concurrent Meeting, CIGR International Conference on "Sustainable Bioproduction - Water, Energy, and Food, Tokyo, Japan, September.

2010. Nutrient deficiency detection with machine vision in controlled environments. International Conference of Institute of Biological Engineering, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March.

2009. Engineering concerns and opportunities for sustainable greenhouse systems. International Conference on High Technology for Greenhouse Systems (GreenSys2009). University of Laval, Quebec, Canada, June. (Session Keynote Lecture)

2008. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications for greenhouse climate predictions. Computational Fluid Dynamics for Greenhouses and Biosystems Modeling Workshop, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico, January.