Fluence Research Reveals Higher Yields With Combined Intercanopy and Top Light High-Intensity Strategy

Fluence Research Reveals Higher Yields With Combined Intercanopy and Top Light High-Intensity Strategy
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In collaboration with Wageningen University & Research, Fluence explored how intercanopy lighting combined with top light affected cucumber and tomato yields and morphology AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fluence by OSRAM (Fluence), a leading global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, released results from its intercanopy lighting research in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (WUR). Fluence’s research showed that intercanopy lighting treatments at a high intensity combined with top light increased yield in Hi Power and Skyson cucumber cultivars as well as Merlice and Brioso tomato cultivars. Following Fluence’s multiyear research on the overall effects of broad-spectrum lighting solutions on plant development, Fluence and WUR further investigated the effects of various light distributions and intensities on plant morphology and fruit quality throughout a winter season. “Growers have used the same benchmarks for vine crop lighting strategies for decades. Those benchmarks were typically derived from crops grown under high-pressure sodium fixtures that limited potential light intensity due to excess heat,” said David Hawley, principal scientist for Fluence. “LEDs virtually eliminate that restriction. As Fluence seeks to explore how to empower growers to be as productive as possible by maximizing their bottom lines, we wanted to investigate not only how higher intensities affect crops, but how crops use energy within the canopy. Our research overwhelmingly showed that intercanopy lighting in tandem with a top light strategy at a higher intensity boosted yields over conventional lighting strategies.” Fluence and WUR studied cucumbers and tomatoes in the Netherlands under four light treatments: top light only at 250 µmol/m-2/s-1, top light and intercanopy lighting at 250 µmol/m-2/s-1, top light only at 375 µmol/m-2/s-1, and top light and intercanopy lighting at 375 µmol/m-2/s-1. Under the treatments with both top light and intercanopy lighting, two-thirds of the total PPFD were applied to the…

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