“We provide tailored support and advice based on examination and understanding of the published literature and our results in-house. Above this, we are open to the opportunity for partnerships, where collaborations and feedback between the research conducted at VU and the client seek to answer their specific requirements. This makes the research very dynamic,” says Phoebe Sutton, Plant Scientist at Vertically Urban (VU).
The research conducted at Vertically Urban serves to provide clients with reliable technology and trusted advice. The process of research and development at the company creates additional value for the client. “So they can be assured that by working with VU, they are on the cutting edge of LED lighting design.”
Expanding crop performances
For 2022, the research and development team at Vertically Urban are focused on validating and expanding their database for crop performance under their fixed lighting spectra. This data is vitally important to establish the effectiveness of the spectra, with scientific data to support the recommendations the company gives.
“In addition to the direct study we undertake in our Grow Room, we continue to keep our finger on the pulse of the latest developments in the field of plant light responses. Combining the knowledge gained from published literature and from our own experimentation, we continually innovate by using our 4-channel multispectral light to test and develop new spectral combinations.”
On a tour of Vertically Urban’s facilities, in the grow room you’ll find one of three crops, specially selected as representatives of popular species, upon which they are performing their data collection. This is done to build up a database and expand knowledge of how VU’s lighting performs.
Phoebe gave away that they’re currently testing the growing performance of Vertically Urban’s lights against other lighting in the market to keep track of what the company can measurably offer over other products in the market.
Phoebe continues, “I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities continually provided by our client’s inquiries. More specifically, I’m excited to be able to ‘play’ with the 4-channel lighting to push our far-red research further.”
According to Phoebe, the fitting has a great research capacity, with the ability to create a range of spectral compositions. Should the results reveal an added value to crop quantity or quality, Vertically Urban can then introduce a new fixed spectrum to its product line.
Putting science first
“Vertically Urban places great value and attention to the science of photobiology and hence my work. They also put science first and as such my role is central to the company.,” Phoebe affirms.
“It is fascinating working in the field of vertical farming overall and witnessing the innovations and applications of LED lighting. I am continually pushed to expand my knowledge and experiences; the professional and personal growth I receive is its own reward,” she continued.
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Phoebe Sutton, Plant Scientist