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China: This woman's unmanned 'plant factory' replaces human labor in agriculture

Gu Xiaoxiao takes a bucket of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to a greenhouse, pours the fertilizer mixture into a pool in the ground, and mixes it up. The diluted fertilizer is then pumped through numerous tubes to soilless beds, the cradles of life to the vegetables grown in them. Just five years…

Curaleaf

Atlanta lighting manufacturer creates line of instrument-grade LED fixtures

Revolution Micro, an Atlanta-based horticultural lighting manufacturer, has created the first line of instrument-grade LED fixtures. The impact of this horticultural LED line goes beyond simply growing better crops. It was designed from the ground up to be a long-lasting fixture that could adapt to suit…

Fluence launches RAZR modular system to support vertical farming

"Our LEDS offer a proven spectrum for propagation and vertical cultivation of all greens”

Fluence today released its RAZR Modular System, the company’s newest LED solution for vertical farmers featuring efficacies of 2.6 µmol/J under Fluence’s PhysioSpec™ BROAD R3 white spectrum. “Vertical farmers are fueling some of the greatest innovations in modern crop production,” said David Cohen, CEO…

The benefits of growing crops under LEDs

"Because the lighting of the Leaf Carrier is located on the side of the growing layers and shines out horizontally, an even light distribution is ensured," explains Stephan den Boer, Sales Representative at Bever Innovations. "The essential red and blue light for (leaf)crop cultivation and herbs is mixed…

Establishing best practice: importance of design in horticultural lighting

No matter where you look, the effective use of artificial lighting has long been a combination of art and science. In retail, the placement of lighting, its color temperature, strength, and direction can showcase products and encourage customers to make that aspirational purchase.  However, when you consider…

US (TX): Fluence to collaborate with Prospiant to supply LEDs to NA

Fluence will serve as the preferred LED technology supplier within Prospiant’s full ecosystem offerings. “Fluence has demonstrated through its innovative approach to lighting design and successful partnerships that it is a capable market leader in LED technology for cannabis, indoor farm and greenhouse…

Swisslog

Applying automated warehouse systems to indoor farming

“History is written in circles as we observe similar drive for automation in indoor farming, as we saw years ago in the intralogistics sector. There are yet few important differences,” says Timo Landener, product innovator at Swisslog.  Swisslog, with the vision to shape the future of intralogistics, not only…

Urban Oasis shares their tips and tricks

LED lights and how to use them

In general, plants use wavelengths of 400 and 700 nanometers for photosynthesis, and usually, the sun provides it all and the plants take what they need. Since Urban Oasis is growing indoors, the company must provide a habitat that is as close to plants' natural habitat as it gets. So the right intensity and wavelength of light…

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Certhon wraps up 7th raspberry trial successfully

“Raspberry isn’t the first crop that comes to mind when figuring out which crops to grow indoors,” Andrea Huegler, R&D Engineer and Agronomist at Certhon said. “However, we accepted the challenge and decided to go for it as there are a lot of benefits to growing it in a controlled environment.” After…

Silverleaf LED

Mixing and matching to meet specific lighting needs

“We are developing a new product using our patented alumiLED™ technology that places individual aluminum LED circuit plates directly over the plants,” says Tom Martin, CEO and founder of Silverleaf Tech. Silverleaf Tech is a horticultural lighting designer and manufacturer based in Fort Wayne, Indiana.…

Lighting can help plants achieve full potential

When it comes to farming, the world continues to face challenges in crucial areas such as food security and the increased need to provide clean, non-GMO, and pesticide-free crops for plant-based proteins, medicines, and supplements. "Unprecedented demand from consumers requires farmers and the AgTech…

Light Science Technologies

The science behind 'cultivating perfection'

For a long time, creating the perfect plant recipe has been a mere pipe dream for indoor growers as they look to achieve optimal crop yield while reducing CAPEX and OPEX costs.​ While CEA is still relatively embryonic in its development, already there has been an advancement in creating the perfect…

NASA spinoff BIOS launches next-generation grow lights

NASA spinoff BIOS announced its next generation of DLC-certified LED Grow Lights. Like any of the BIOS fixtures, Icarus is created with the grower in mind. "With higher efficacy, great uniformity and long-term performance, BIOS Icarus fixtures provide everything a grower needs to ensure successful…

Vertically Urban

Design considerations for greenhouses vs. indoor farms

“There are many lighting manufacturers in the vertical farming industry, but fewer players that offer customized turnkey solutions,” says Andrew Littler, chief executive officer of Vertically Urban. "Customizability is deep in the DNA of Vertically Urban." “We work with growers to provide a specific…

NextLight

New generation LED grow light designed to outperform traditional 1000W HPS

NextLight unveils their next generation of LED Grow Light Technology with the NextLight Mega Pro.  "The Original 1000W DE HPS Replacement is more efficient and enhanced with DLC Hort Listing, IP65 Wet Rating and industry-leading, “Down to the Diode” Warranty," NextLight team explains. "The NextLight Mega Pro…

Ljusgårda

"Together we are expanding our facility in Sweden"

"Our expansion will enable us to offer our sustainably-grown salads to more Swedish households throughout the year, so we are looking forward to an exciting time," says Andreas Wilhelmsson, CEO of Ljusgårda.  In April, the first batch of salads was harvested in the company's new premises – and already now,…

Hort Americas

Looking for LED grow lights made in the United States?

Walking through Current’s LED light manufacturing facility in Hendersonville. N.C., you’d be surprised to learn that the plant has been in operation since 1955. Inside this pristine facility, you’ll see robotics and digital equipment that you would expect to find in any state-of-the-art manufacturing…

Kingpengintl.com

China: vertical farms are developing faster

The Sixth International Forum on Protected Horticulture was held in Shouguang from 19th -22nd April. Dr. Zhou who is the chief engineer of Kingpeng Greenhouse Group made the speech on the topic of “Development and Application of Intelligent Plant Factory”. Dr. Zhou introduced more details about the plant…

Why is LED technology crucial in vertical farming?

As per various industry specialists, the explosive development of vertical farming can be credited to the noteworthy advancements that have been made in LED bulbs of late. For quite a while, individuals who practice indoor cultivation had relied on convection bulbs for lighting, and the maintenance cost…

Study on effect of different ratios of blue and red LED light on Brassicaceae microgreens

The consumption of microgreens has increased due to their having higher levels of bioactive compounds and mineral nutrients than mature plants. The lighting conditions during the cultivation of microgreens, if optimally selected, can have a positive effect by further increasing their nutritional value.…

New next-gen automated light control system showcased

Heliospectra has announced the launch of helioCORE 2.0. The newly upgraded state-of-the-art plant science software is being released to leading commercial growers and research institutions around the globe. It is expected to have a full launch by Q3 of 2021. In 2018, Heliospectra launched its helioCORE…

"A custom light optic provides extra-wide, uniform light dispersion over the grow area"

GE Current, a Daintree company, has launched the Arize Factor Multilayer (ML) Series, the latest addition to its lineup of horticulture fixtures for indoor farms and greenhouses. "Assembled in the USA, the Arize Factor packages improved optics and optimized light spectrums to become an industry-leading,…

The ABC of PAR, PPF and PPFD

There is a myriad of factors for growers to take onboard when building a greenhouse or grow area. Firstly, there’s plant lifecycles and grow light positioning. Then, there’s heat and light spectrum, not to mention space and market. Little wonder taking on such a challenge can feel rather overwhelming, to start off with at…

Porpora Lighting

'Colombia’s agriculture sector is accelerating'

“Despite the problematic land-use, agriculture is one of the main engines moving Colombian economy,” says Hugo Rojas Sotelo, co-founder of Porpora Lighting. “The national political conflict, illegal economies and poor state presence make armed groups take control of some rural areas, causing…


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