I was assigned writing a term paper about optimizing plant growth using control systems. This assignment is part of a class on sustainable energy usage, which means it's primarily on physics and technology.
I will have to conduct experiments comparing the growth of plants under different conditions and whether or not using control systems are effective (and sustainable) at improving plant growth. More focus will be put on the technical and energy aspects of this problem but getting the experiments with plants right is important, too.
Unfortunately I don't know much about experimenting with plant growth and most of my decisions would be blind guesses. The experiments should be short term (a couple of days would be ideal, the fewer the better. I do still have three months) and on a small scale in general.
The following are some of the questions I have.
What specific plant or species is well suited for what I am describing here?
What are representative and common measures of plant growth?
What kind of light should I use? I will conduct the experiments indoor to keep the conditions about the same each time.
Additionally, I would be glad if someone could point me to good resources on this topic.