Crop science researchers, whether from the corporate or the research institute and university side, are tasked with developing new plant varieties, various biocides and performing all other kinds of research with plants. To obtain reliable data, plants grown in greenhouses or growth chambers need to resemble the outdoor grown plants. Achieving the outdoor phenotype indoors is not an easy task. It is dependent on a variety of factors, most prominently on the artificial lighting used.
Due to its affordability and the quality of spectrum, fluorescent technology illuminates most research growth chambers worldwide. It is changing however in favor of LEDs rather quickly as LEDs have the possibility of producing a higher quality spectrum that could potentially be a close match to sunlight. A good sunlight replica light will guarantee that plants grown indoors will have the same characteristics of those grown outside. With that said, the quality of LED spectra offered on the market range tremendously and even though LED is all the hype, it is not by default a step up from the traditional lighting technologies. Almost none of the LED manufacturers include wavelengths beyond the PAR area (UV and Far red) which would classify the spectrum as a close match to sunlight and thus enable researchers to successfully achieve outdoor phenotypes indoors.
Valoya is hosting a free webinar titled Transitioning to White LED Light in Crop Science: What You Need to Know on May 24th. Valoya’s Biologist will discuss using white, high CRI, sunlight replicating LED light and how it can be used to successfully transition from growth protocols developed with fluoresecent, HPS, MH etc. to LED. Whether the researcher aims to reproduce outdoor phenotypes, or achieve great amount of plant biomass quickly, a finely optimized LED light can achieve that.
The webinar will be held on May 24that 14.00 CET. To learn more about it and sign up, please click here.
Additionally, Valoya will host its annual LEDs & Innovators Conferenceat GreenTech which will gather some of the leading experts in the crop science, vertical farming and medical plants cultivation fields as speakers. The conference is free of charge but with limited seating and a selection process for participation. To learn more and sign-up, please click here.