Stiina Kotiranta, Valoya, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017

Stiina Kotiranta, Valoya, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017 about “Quality of light matters in vertical farming”. The conference takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Valoya is a Finnish LED light provider for the horticulture industry. Our core business is providing good quality light solutions for closed environments. When choosing the lighting for a vertical farm, one should optimize the light spectrum, light intensity, and photoperiod. The light spectrum affects plant morphology, metabolism, and therefore crop quality. By adjusting the light intensity to the plants’ developmental stage, one can save in equipment and energy costs. All plants need light, but the optimal photoperiod is dependent on the cultivated crop. When designing a vertical farm, one should consider the different aspects of lighting and specify their growth targets; are you looking for maximum yield, color, or perhaps shelf life?

About Stiina Kotiranta
I have been working at Valoya Plant R&D from 2011. My background is in Horticulture (BSc) and in Plant Production Science (Msc). I have also practical work experience from a large scale hydroponic lettuce greenhouse, thus my passion is in food production and of course vertical farming.

About Valoya
Valoya is a provider of LED light for biotech and horticultural purposes. Valoya LED-lights have been developed using Valoya’s proprietary LED technology and extensive plant photobiological research. The wide, patented light spectra offer quality light for plants in an energy efficient way. Valoya spectra enhance photosynthesis and allow control of plant morphology and metabolites.

About  Vertical Farming Conference 
The Vertical Farming Conference is part of the first global Innovative Food-Agri Event – a two-day event (Jun 28-29, 2017) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an exhibition:

Scope: The continually-growing world populations, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. Vertical farming is an innovative methodology for vertical cultivation of agricultural products, which can also realize true zero-mile city food supply. Vertical farms can be built in new or existing buildings and provide significant benefits in environmental sustainability and human health, minimizing the need for water and nutrients, and eliminating pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed.Vertical farming and urban agriculture, if designed and implemented appropriately, could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security.

What new business models will be successful, and will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How can we feed more people on limited agricultural land, with limited resources? How can we best use space, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population? What can zero waste and low energy technologies contribute to food production in an urban environment? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production? The conference will answer this kind of questions

Focus topics:

  • Available technologies (LED lighting, sensors, tiered growing systems, Big Data, Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence, etc)
  • How to deal with change (from traditional farmer to vertical farmer)
  • Cooperation / Sharing Information
  • Recipes
  • Public Skepticism / Consumer Response
  • Robotics and many more…

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