Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting

Celine Nicole

Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. Read the interview

Vertical farming is a technology that controls climate, water, nutrients and light to grow vegetables and soft fruits in a closed environment. This allows them to grow pesticide free and without other contaminants.

Philips Lighting Research investigated how to influence the post-harvest quality of leafy greens by controlling the pre-harvest growth conditions while keeping a high production rate. Several standard LED lighting recipes (red/blue or red/white either with or without far red) are in use in commercial vertical farms.

In this research we used baby leaf spinach and rocket from various cultivars all grown in a vertical farm research facility at Philips Lighting GrowWise Center in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. We used the standard red white LED light recipe as control, while we changed the spectrum with higher blue and/or higher far-red or applied few days of continuous light stimulation just before the harvest (pre-harvest). Quality at harvest and quality loss during postharvest storage was monitored. We observed that light quality affects shelf life of baby leaf spinach and rocket by several days. Continue reading “Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting”

Vertical Farming Conference welcomes GeoConnexion as Media Partner

GeoConnexion

Vertical Farming Conference welcomes GeoConnexion as Media Partner

About GeoConnexion
GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia.

Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. Continue reading “Vertical Farming Conference welcomes GeoConnexion as Media Partner”

Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting

Henry Gordon-Smith

Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands. Read the interview

All over the globe, cities are turning ‘smart’ and embedding sensors, information management systems, and automation. Unfortunately, most ‘smart cities’ exclude agriculture and food in their dialogue and development. This presentation will ask: “Can a City Really be Smart Without Agriculture”? Henry will bring his knowledge of the spectrum of urban and peri-urban agriculture models and discuss how new scenario analysis tools can help cities understand the potential impact of strategies to make cities smarter through data-driven agriculture planning, management, and distribution. A discussion on lessons learned in working with cities on urban and vertical farming will be discussed as well as best practices for engaging them. Continue reading “Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting”

Light recipe research opens new opportunities in the food chain, never before possible in horticulture history – Interview with Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting

Celine Nicole

Light recipe research opens new opportunities in the food chain, never before possible in horticulture history – Interview with Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting

Dr. Celine C.S. Nicole is Senior Plant Research scientist at Philips Horticulture LEDs solutions. She has expertise in physics, plant science and technology. Celine Nicole is expert on optics and thermal management and specialist in nutrition, growth and pre- or post-harvest quality of various horticultural crops under LED lighting. She is laboratory manager of R&D cityfarming facility in the GrowWise research center and is also in charge of open innovation and supervision and co-promotion of University students. Celine Nicole will speak about Light recipes enabling sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens during the Vertical Farming Conference, on June 27, 2018.

What drives you?

It has been my drive for many years to work on research that is directly relevant for the society. I also like Hippocrates quote “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Consumers today want fresh produce year-round, locally grown without pesticides and of high nutritional quality. With LED light recipes used in vertical farming it is becoming possible to increase production yield and at the same time deliver a highly nutritious product. Continue reading “Light recipe research opens new opportunities in the food chain, never before possible in horticulture history – Interview with Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting”

Vertical Farming Conference welcomes Mind Commerce as Media Partner

Vertical Farming Conference welcomes Mind Commerce as Media Partner

About Mind Commerce
Mind Commerce is your trusted source for research and strategic analysis focused on digital technologies and the telecommunications industry.  Our reports provide key trends, projections, and in-depth analysis for infrastructure, platforms, devices, applications, services, emerging business models and opportunities.Key focus areas for Mind Commerce include:Cloud Computing, Data Technologies, and the Internet of Things. Contact us today for an initial discussion and/or briefing about our research. Continue reading “Vertical Farming Conference welcomes Mind Commerce as Media Partner”

Smarter cities & vertical farming can serve as gateway technology to accelerate climate change resilience – Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting

Henry Gordon-Smith

Smarter cities & vertical farming can serve as gateway technology to accelerate climate change resilience – Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting

Henry Gordon-Smith is Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture Consulting. He is an acknowledged global thought leader in the emerging vertical farming industry. In 2011, he started the blog Agritecture.com and in 2014 he started Blue Planet Consulting (now Agritecture Consulting) to provide expert guidance on planning and launching urban agriculture projects. Henry grew up around the world and has a unique capacity to develop creative solutions to local and global problems. He earned his BA in Political Science from UBC, a certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. On Jun 27, 2018, he will speak about How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream at the Vertical Farming Conference during Agri-Food Innovation Event in Venlo, The Netherlands.

What drives you?

I have a vision of cities that can stand the test of time and climate change. What drives me is knowing that we can create smarter cities and vertical farming can serve as a gateway technology to inspire, engage, and accelerate climate change resilience. Continue reading “Smarter cities & vertical farming can serve as gateway technology to accelerate climate change resilience – Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting”

Vertical Farming using LED lights – Interview with Céline Nicole, Philips Lighting Research

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Vertical Farming using LED lights – Interview with Céline Nicole, Philips Lighting Research

Céline Nicole, from Philips Lighting Research will present her vision on the developments of Vertical Farming using LED lights on the 28th of June, at the Vertical Farming Conference in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Plant scientist and researcher Céline Nicole worked at Philips Horticulture LEDs solutions for 8 years and at the Philips Lighting Research for 16 years.

Since the year 2000, vertical farms have been introduced to grow vegetables and soft fruits. As LED lights became increasingly efficient they have become the light source of choice for commercial scale vertical farming.

How has vertical farming become so efficient? Continue reading “Vertical Farming using LED lights – Interview with Céline Nicole, Philips Lighting Research”

Ecological farming paves the way for better food production & more yields – Interview with Herman van Bekkem, Greenpeace

Ecological farming

Ecological farming paves the way for better food production & more yields – Interview with Herman van Bekkem, Greenpeace

Herman van Bekkem discusses the Greenpeace vision for ecological farming and especially Vertical Farming in Europe’s main cities, on the 28th of June, at the Vertical Farming Conference in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Herman van Bekkem is an agricultural expert with Greenpeace and tries to educate the agricultural sector for ecological farming on the seven principles set up by Greenpeace. (The report on the Greenpeace vision for ecological farming, and the seven principles, can be downloaded freely from their website)

“There are many pros and cons regarding Vertical Farming, but this development offers the possibility to use far less pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed. This way the impact on the environment is reduced as well which is a great benefit. But the question is if Vertical farming is the solution to many of the agricultural challenges, as we know them today,” says Van Bekkem. Continue reading “Ecological farming paves the way for better food production & more yields – Interview with Herman van Bekkem, Greenpeace”

Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming: Here Today – Presented by Lisa Newman, AeroFarms

Lisa Newman

Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming: Here Today – Presented by Lisa Newman, AeroFarms at the Vertical Farming Conference, which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

AeroFarms grows without sun or soil in a fully-controlled indoor environment and has patented aeroponic growing technology for faster harvest cycles, predictable results, and superior food safety with less environmental impact.  Thinking holistically from seed to package, we will share how we have taken a systems approach to biology, horticulture, engineering, environmental controls, automation, food safety, and data science to be able to optimize for taste, texture, color, nutrition, and yield.

About Lisa Newman
An expert in fully-automated plant production and phenomics facilities, Dr. Newman previously served as the Head of the Controlled Environments Department for DuPont Pioneer overseeing greenhouse operations for R&D. She holds a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Oxford. Continue reading “Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming: Here Today – Presented by Lisa Newman, AeroFarms”

Mind Commerce is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference

Mind Commerce is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Mind Commerce
Mind Commerce is your trusted source for research and strategic analysis focused on digital technologies and the telecommunications industry.  Our reports provide key trends, projections, and in-depth analysis for infrastructure, platforms, devices, applications, services, emerging business models and opportunities.Key focus areas for Mind Commerce include:Cloud Computing, Data Technologies, and the Internet of Things. Contact us today for an initial discussion and/or briefing about our research. Continue reading “Mind Commerce is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference”