Note- I considered asking this on gardening.stackexchange.com but i believe it is better suited for this site since it deals with more complicated material.
As I understand it, certain plants (Camellia sinensis, Coffea, etc.) grow best at higher altitudes. What factor, biologically speaking, is responsible for this?
I know that the oxygen concentration at higher altitudes is lower, is this the reason?
If so, is it possible to use machinery to alter the gas concentrations in a grow room and simulate the effects of high altitudes? Are there any other factors such as pressure or anything that can also be altered? Would simulating this environment be practical for large scale applications?