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

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.

In addition, contents of vitamin C, K, nitrate, chlorophyll and flavonols were different under various light quality. Nitrate (in rocket and spinach) and vitamin C in rocket were strongly affected by pre-harvest continuous light, offering a way to reduce the nitrate and improve the antioxidant level in human nutrition. Vitamin C values up to 1500 were measured in rocket salad.

About Dr. Celine C.S. Nicole
Senior Plant Research scientist at Philips Horticulture LEDs solutions. Expertise in physics, plant science and technology. Expert on optics and thermal management. Specialist in nutrition, growth and pre- or post-harvest quality of various horticultural crops under LED lighting. Laboratory manager of R&D cityfarming facility in the GrowWise research center. Open innovation and supervision and co-promotion of University students.

About Philips Lighting
Philips Horticulture LED Solutions consists of a team rooted in Horticulture and lighting technology that stands for solutions that improve the business of growers. We combine crop growth knowledge and lighting technology to create customized light recipes for growers and apply lighting technology to crop farming for over 75 years.

About Agrifood Innovation Event
The Agrifood Innovation Event is a dedicated and focused business and research platform, unique in bringing together European and global companies from the entire food industry chain: supply chain with customers, producers, retailers and researchers.

The Agrifood Innovation Event is a two-day Event (June 27-28, 2018) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an expo.

Day 1: June 27, 2018 Day 2: June 28, 2018
Healthy Nutrition Conference Vertical Farming Conference 3D Food Printing Conference Smart Farming Conference
  • Smart & Healthy Ingredients
  • Sustainable Food Manufacturing
  • Protein Transition (e.g. insects and seaweed)
  • Food design
  • Innovative technologies for Healthy Nutrition
  • Available technologies – LED lighting, sensors, AI
  • From traditional farmer to vertical farmer
  • Robotics
  • Improved resource-use efficiency
  • Sustainable Buildings (design, green roof, energy)
  • Technologies for 3D Food Printing
  • Ingredients for 3D Food Printing
  • Patent issues
  • Legal issues
  • Regulatory issues
  • Investment opportunities
  • Research and development
  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of Things, Robotics, etc
  • Precision agriculture
  • Precision Livestock Farming
  • Plant and crop science for improved resource-use
  • Investment in R&D
  • Cross disciplinary themes
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