Dr. Merle Jensen's background includes intensive agriculture/food support systems for developing agricultural communities and aerospace application. He has also served as a consultant to a number of major corporations and organizations regarding greenhouse vegetable production.
Research interests include programs in protected agriculture, the growing of horticultural crops out of season using agricultural plastics for modification of the microclimate. Coinciding with these research interests is the application of new systems of protected agriculture to developing agricultural programs throughout the world. These research interests extend to a recent program with NASA in comparing plant growth and reproduction in hydroponic liquid culture versus solid media food production techniques for a "Closed Ecological Life Support System" (CELSS).