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Germany: Ongoing research for vertical farming solutions, including light recipes

In collaboration with research institutions such as the Dürnast Greenhouse Laboratory Center at the Technical University of Munich, Würth Elektronik is actively involved in the development of solutions for indoor agriculture, including LED systems for creating optimal light conditions for indoor farms.

Alexander Gerfer, CTO at Würth, said, “One building block is vertical farming, and in particular using LEDs as horticultural lighting. Together with scientists and agricultural experts, we are conducting research into the wavelengths and colors that affect plant growth. With the development of specific light recipes, we are going one step further. This is more than just copying sunlight. The controllable light of the LED can be used to further optimize the plant’s uptake of nutrients in a controllable manner. In this way, we can identify various recipes and light spectrum action for the various quality parameters of the plant.”

With these light recipes, Gerfer said, tomatoes can be encouraged to flower in the winter months, spinach can be made more nutritious, and basil can be encouraged to produce more crops in a shorter time period.

Circular connectors such as M8s form the backbone of many agricultural systems and thus must be ruggedized to withstand farming conditions. M8s play a role indoors and out, making connections in drones and tractors, and between sensors and the larger systems, they inform and activate. They are used in robotics that perform smart farming operations. M8 connectors are used in smart greenhouses to connect sensors and sprayers.

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