Bill Bauerle Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University

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Dr. Bill Bauerle received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in horticulture from Colorado State University, The University of Washington, and Cornell University respectively. Moreover, he was raised in a family of commercial greenhouse floriculture/vegetable growers. Dr. Bauerle is a professor of horticulture at Colorado State University where he conducts research on the physiology of Humulus lupulus (hops). He leads the only university-based research program focused on controlled environment agriculture (CEA) hydroponic hop production.  Dr. Bauerle’s research objectives aim to minimize resource inputs (e.g., climate, nutrients, and irrigation) and maximize cone quality and yield.  Growing via hydroponics, a technology for growing hops in nutrient solutions (water and fertilizers), allows Dr. Bauerle to optimize irrigation water and nutrient use and maximize plant growth and yield, while minimizing environmental impacts. At the same time, the controlled-environment hydroponically-based growing system upholds consistent hop quality with the added benefit of perpetual production (3-5 crop cycles annually) via the application of LED light technology.

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