Light provides the energy to drive crop growth but the quality of light also influences the morphology, flavour and flowering time of crops. Stockbridge Technology Centre has a range of crop production facilities for research projects examining how plants use and respond to light in all commercially relevant systems. Our expertise and facilities are here to help you achieve the best results every time, contact us to see how we can help your business make the most of light.
LED4CROPS Multi-tiered controlled ENVIRONMENT facility
With over 50% of the world’s population now living in cities urban farming is becoming increasingly important. Controlled environment growing systems, often called urban farms or plant factories, have the potential to produce fresh produce at the heart of our cities reducing food miles and ensuring food is fresh and in top condition at the point of sale. The LED4CROPS research unit is a multi-tiered, LED lit crop production facility designed with the aim of improving our understanding of crop light responses. This facility is ideal for developing crop light recipes but can also be used to test and develop other relevant technologies such as automation and climate control systems. The LED4CROPS system has been in operation since 2012.
We have 40 computer controlled glasshouses of different sizes and designs. Our glasshouses can be adapted to meet the needs of any crop production system and for any horticultural crop. These glasshouses are available for trials examining all aspects plant production including the development or testing of automation and monitoring systems.
In 2015 we upgraded one of our glasshouses (the LED4CROPS high-wire facility) for the production of high-wire crops such as Tomato. This glasshouse contains four 200m2 compartments each with a different supplemental lighting system, conventional HPS, hybrid HPS plus LED interlighting and two compartments with LED top and interlighting one with standard roof glass and one with diffuse roof glass.
Ongoing development of cladding materials for polytunnels has created a range of products that influence different aspects of light. Plastics that alter the structure (diffuse vs clear) and the spectrum of sunlight are available. Whether you want to test how your crops perform under different materials or you wish to trial news plastics that are in development we can help. We have several existing polytunnels and have space to create more if needed.
OUR FACILITIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED TO ENSURE WE REMAIN
AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE RAPID ADVANCES IN HORTICULTURE LIGHTING SYSTEMS
STOCKBRIDGE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
Stockbridge Technology Centre Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1757 268275
Fax: +44 (0)1757 268996
STC has the experience and expertise to produce a wide range of food and ornamental crops under LED lighting.
For more information, contact photobiologist Dr Phillip Davis via our main contact methods.
Photos courtesy of Philips and STC
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