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Revolution In Growing
We are living in interesting times. This is an understatement as far as cultivation in greenhouses is concerned. We will outline three developments that after 10,000 years of land cultivation ‘on the plains of the earth’ could completely change the face of crop growing.

We start with seeing new forms of indoor farming and layers, the first development. Dickson Despommier, Professor at Columbia University, developed the first concept of vertical farming in 1999. This quickly went from rooftop gardens to complete flats with cultivation floors. At PlantLab we also have experience with this.

But as far as developments are concerned there is more going on. Energy-wise the current greenhouses are outdated. Incidence of light cannot be regulated, a lot of costly moisture and CO2 escapes when windows are opened. Sudden bright sunlight can destroy a carefully created climate all at once. The many stands holding the greenhouse roofs are in the way of camera-operated cultivation. Plant Production Units remedy all these limitations in one go.

The second development is the availability of special LED lighting. WithLED lighting we only provide wavelengths that are useful for growth and development of the crop. In contrary to the sun, traditional assimilation lighting and TL lighting, LED only omits one color of light. No energy is wasted with light spectra that are not used or less used by the plant. This means we can provide exactly the colors that the plant needs forphotosynthesis. Plants mainly need blue and red light for photosynthesis and far-red, a color not even visible to the human eye but visible to the plant. The relationships between the light colors determine the form of the plant. The costs-of-ownership of LED lamps are decreasing steadily. See Haitz’sLaw.

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