Dr. Carl Niedziela is employed by Virginia Tech (VT), but physically based at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) as a member of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center (CEAIC) – a partnership between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at VT and the Applied Research division at IALR. As a plant physiologist specializing in the mineral nutrition of horticultural crops, Carl has authored or co-authored more than thirty peer reviewed scientific publications, several trade-journal articles, and numerous proceedings abstracts. His research involves developing and testing cultural practices for the commercial production of high value crops in greenhouses, hydroponics, and other controlled environments.
- Plant biology – Collection and preparation of plant tissue for mineral nutrient analysis, interpretation of the mineral nutrient analysis results, plant propagation
- Greenhouse management – Design and operation of research and commercial greenhouses for growing vegetable and floriculture crops including: crop production, nutrient management, and integrated pest management
- Hydroponics – Design, construction, and operation of most nutriculture systems for research and/or commercial use including: nutrient film technique (NFT), rockwool culture, gravel culture, sand culture, bag culture, deep water culture, and aeroponics
- Root substrates – Analytical techniques for chemical and physical properties of soilless substrates
- Data analysis – Presentation of data for scientific publication using: Statistical Analysis System (SAS), MS Excel, and SigmaPlot