Other advantages of dynamic light recipes
The secret to these remarkable results lies in the flexibility that dynamic light recipes give to growers. They can adapt the color of the spectra and light intensity to steer specific plant characteristics, such as taste, color, texture and nutrient content, without having to change their lighting installation. Color controllable lighting also offers clear business benefits. A color controllable lighting installation makes a vertical farm more flexible to grow different crops at different points in time, compared to dedicated lighting modules with fixed lighting parameters. They also simplify installation and logistics and thereby reduce labor costs, because one color controllable module can do the work of several dedicated modules. Growers can save on energy costs by adjusting the light level to each growth phase. Dynamic light recipes can also give growers an additional competitive advantage, by allowing them to fine-tune the growth and morphology of a crop to optimize quality and yield.
Where do we go from here?
This is just the start and we expect to see an explosion of new developments with dynamic light recipes. How can we use them to further steer the nutritional compounds of a crop? How can different sunrise and sundown scenarios benefit crops? The number of options in providing different wavelengths across the day are virtually endless. We are currently in the process of exploring use cases for such dynamic lighting options. But this is just a small part of the research going on. We know that dynamic lighting gives growers endless opportunities to explore new pathways and we expect to see many new remarkable findings in the future. So, keep checking our Hortiblogs for the latest results.
1 Nicole, C.C.S., Charalambous, F., Martinakos, S., van de Voort, S., Li, Z., Verhoog, M. and Krijn, M. (2016). Lettuce growth and quality optimization in a plant factory. Acta Hortic. 1134, 231-238 DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1134.31