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Greenhouse management organizes its first virtual conference on lighting (, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9.

The conference covers lighting management, which has been a hot topic at recent industry trade shows as growers see the benefits of optimizing their lighting. Presentations given by knowledgeable and respected university professors will help greenhouse growers ensure a successful culture by understanding and managing the light their plants receive.

“We are delighted to present this virtual conference at Cannabis business time readers too, because much of the science behind lighting used in traditional agriculture can be applied or adapted for cannabis, ”said Jim Gilbride, editor of GIE Media’s Horticulture group, who includes Cannabis business timeand Greenhouse management, among others. “Especially with the lack of meaningful academic research on cannabis cultivation, the show presents a great opportunity to learn from academia about advances in lighting and technology optimization.”

The conference will start at 10 am with the presentation of BLV’s sponsors, “The Interaction of Light, Temperature and Humidity”. From 10:10 am to 11:10 am, Dr. Christopher J. Currey, Ph.D., from Iowa State University will present “A Greenhouse Lighting Primer: What, When and How” focusing on the basics of lighting and the options available.

Kelli Rodda, editor of Greenhouse management sister publication, Nursery managementsaid Dr Currey of Iowa State University will help growers understand the differences between types of lighting, as well as determine how much light is needed in the greenhouse.

“Light is essential for proper plant growth, and optimal light helps growers produce an improved plant with benefits such as more branching and uniformity,” said Rodda. “Appropriate lighting levels can also reduce the production time of some crops. And lighting is important at all stages of production. Therefore, growers must carefully approach lighting needs and changes. That is why Greenhouse management has partnered with leading university researchers and lighting companies to bring you the Virtual Lighting Conference.

Dr. Currey’s research program focuses on improving environmental and cultural management in order to improve crop growth and productivity. He is an Assistant Professor of Horticulture and teaches courses in greenhouse management, fall and spring flower production, and hydroponic food crop production. Currey received his bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture and his master’s degree in applied plant science from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate. in Horticulture from Purdue University.

At 11:10 am, PARSource will begin its sponsorship presentation, followed by the “Shedding the Light on Crop-Specific Daily Light Integral Requirements” presentation by Dr. Roberto Lopez of Michigan State University at 11:20 am Lopez will discuss how the The cumulative amount of light a plant receives in a day or the Daily Light Integral (DLI) affects the growth, yield, and quality of greenhouse crops, as well as grow-specific DLI requirements.

Michigan State University’s Dr Lopez has conducted years of research to determine crop-specific DLI requirements, according to Rodda, and the primary focus of this research is to determine how quantity, quality, and duration light ; the temperature of the substrate and the air; and carbon dioxide in controlled environment crop production (CEA) influences the timing of cultivation, rooting, yield, quantity, flavor, nutrition and subsequent performance. Dr Lopez is Assistant Professor and Controlled Environment / Floriculture Extension Specialist with 45% Research, 30% Teaching, and 25% Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. As mentioned on the conference website, its research focuses on the propagation and production of young and finished plants in greenhouses, growth chambers / containers, warehouse plant factories and vertical farms.

The Heliospectra Sponsors’ Presentation will take place from 12:20 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by “The Economics of Additional Lighting,” a presentation by Dr. Ricardo Hernandez of North Carolina State University who guides growers in estimating the cost of running the additional lighting and determining when it makes the most financial sense.

Dr Hernandez discusses the economics of additional lighting, Rodda said, helping participants determine whether adding additional lighting to a greenhouse operation is economically feasible, including how to estimate the cost. His program focuses on sustainable energy in horticulture, and he has three main areas of research: light-plant interactions: manipulation of the light environment to improve plant production; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of horticultural production systems to enhance energy conservation strategies; and the sustainable and organic horticultural production of special crops in a controlled environment. Dr Hernandez holds an undergraduate degree in agronomy from New Mexico State University, an MSc in entomology (biological control of greenhouses) from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Plant Physiology and Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Horticultural Sciences.

Participants can register here for the Lighting Virtual Conference for $ 49, and each registered attendee will receive a link to an online copy of the webinar. New participants to virtual conferences can expect webinar-style presentations. Sessions are accessible via a computer and participants can view all presentations live or later.

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