Michigan State University’s Lighting Innovations Improves Vertical Farming Methods

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Technology by Ag is America

Michigan State University is bringing a “flashy” approach to agriculture. MSU researchers are drawing the attention of students with their new Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) which uses light beams in their work with vertical farming.

Vertical farming is a relatively new way of growing food crops and other plants indoors where food and other specialty crops are grown in vertically stacked layers or vertically inclined surfaces.

Researchers are using light by altering light quality and quantity to influence plant growth and development, as doing this regulates both photosynthesis and secondary metabolism – which is the process where nutritional and flavor compounds are produced.

Using light in vertical farming has the potential to influence increased plant growth rate and better control of plant traits.

For more information on the research in growing crops indoors under LED lighting, read more here.

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