In vertical farms all the production factors can be precisely controlled, making that we can precisely control the growth, development and quality of the crops. LEDs play a crucial role in this control. A number of examples will be presented on how to use different light spectra and intensities to control the growth, development and quality of plants and harvested products.
Optimization of light should be balanced with optimization of all other growth factors (e.g. temperature, CO2, humidity, plant spacing, water, nutrients, etc). Sensors, simulation models and artificial intelligence play an important role in optimizing the production systems and can ultimately be used to realise autonomous production systems.
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Creating an Urban Farming Network inspired by Nature – Presented by Felipe Hernandez , Hexagro Urban Farming, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.
Hexagro Urban Farming’s vision is a future of decentralized food production in urban areas through a sharing-circular economy model that can allow anybody, anywhere grow and access healthy food.
Our first product, the Living FarmingTree (LFT) is a soil-less mini-indoor farm that uses the Aeroponic technique to grow greens efficiently all-year-round without the need of farming experience, complex installations nor time spent in maintenance.
This sustainable solution was developed using Biomimicry; inspired by the Honeybee Hive efficiency in Nature, it allows the minimum inventory with the maximum diversity to provide the best conditions for plant growth while consuming limited water and energy resources. It can be configured in a Tree or in Cubes, to adapt to any space available and different crop-types. Continue reading “Creating an Urban Farming Network inspired by Nature – Presented by Felipe Hernandez, Hexagro Urban Farming”
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”
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.
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. Continue reading “Stiina Kotiranta, Valoya, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017”