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James Hutton Institute and Crocus Labs:

New partnership to establish the efficiency of dynamic light spectra on young plants

"It's all about the light. For CEA, light control, encompassing intensity and wavelength recipes at different developmental stages, is crucial if the benefits, such as shorter time to harvest, increased productivity, and enhanced quality and nutritive value, are to be realized. Crocus Lab's LED lighting solutions offer all these options, and that is why the Advanced Plant Growth Centre at The James Hutton Institute is partnering with them and exploring the potential of their lighting and energy management innovations," says Dr Derek Stewart, Director at The Advanced Plant Growth Centre.

The partnership is set to focus on cutting-edge research aiming to bring industry experience in young plant propagation in Greenhouse and CEA using Crocus Labs' tunable spectrum and energy-efficient lighting solution SIRIUS X.3 model.

Light is among the crucial environmental factors determining the success of the rooting of stem cuttings. Modifications of proportions of Red and Blue colours have already demonstrated significant positive results through various studies.

"Crocus Labs' lighting will be fundamental to conducting photobiology research at the James Hutton Institute/APGC. Their highly versatile technology will allow the provision of flexible light environments for research on plant growth and metabolism, including the achievement of a balance between yield, production of phytochemicals, and minimization of energy inputs, with direct contributions to the development of more sustainable CE agricultural production systems and the diversification of produce," says Dr. Gabriela Toledo, Research Group Leader Plant Photobiology.

Selecting the right spectra for the chosen variety can increase the propagation rate. All information regarding the propagation trials can be found here.

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