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HDC Focus on Light Spectrum Event

HDC Event

04/12/2012
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The impact of light on commercial horticulture goes beyond driving growth via photosynthesis.  Specific wavelengths of light are capable of manipulating plant shape, colour of leaves and flowers, rooting, chemical composition and timing of flowering, as well as attracting pests out of crops and preventing disease spread.  This very successful event was aimed at growers and their technical representatives. It provided an update on how Spectral Filters and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) may generate commercial benefits for both edible and ornamental crops and also to review the experiences of some of the early adopters of this technology from the industry.  Delegates were also given a tour of the new LED4Crops facility at STC. A full programme of the day is given below:

Time

Activity

9.30

Registration

10.00

Chairman’s welcome (Neil Bragg, HDC)

10.10

Introduction

Light spectrum manipulation in horticulture.  Nigel Paul (Lancaster University)

10.40

Spectral Filters

Overview of work in France (Oscar Stapel, Astredhor)

Overview of HDC work (Debbie Wilson, HDC)

11.30

Comfort break

11.45

LEDs

Enhancing insect trapping with LEDs (Kevin McCormack, SAC)

Replacing tungsten lighting for control of flowering (Steve Jackson, Warwick University)

 

Introduction to the HDC LEDs Fellowship (Phillip Davis, STC)

Tour of the LED4Crops facility (Martin McPherson, STC)

13.00

Lunch

13.45

International perspectives

High output LEDs and  LED impact on secondary metabolites (Carl-Otto Ottosen, Aarhus University)

Highlights from the ISHS LED meeting (Brian Thomas, Warwick University)

14.45

Comfort break

14.55

Commercial perspectives

The economic picture for LEDs (Chris Plackett, FEC Services Ltd)

LEDs and spectral filters at the coal face, Patrick Bastow (Lincolnshire Herbs), James Bean (Crystal Heart Salads), Shane Donnelly (Donnelly Horticulture)

15.55

Closing remarks (Neil Bragg, HDC)

 

 

Presentations from this event are available to download by clicking on the additional files below.

Event price:

£0.00