Chile:INIA experimenting with LEDs in growth chamber

The Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) CRI Quilamapu, in Chile, through the project Fondef-INIA-Tucapel-Carozzi-Basf, put into motion a strategic innovation project in biotechnology consisting of a greenhouse with an automated LED lighting system, which includes a climate monitoring system that measures moisture, temperature and the amount of CO2.

The objective of this particular greenhouse is to increase and support the quality of the evaluations conducted in the laboratory, and thus, for instance, shorten the growing time of some varieties.

According to INIA's report, LEDs can not only entail financial advantages from the point of view of their use in greenhouses, but also in terms of the growth and production of plants. This would mainly be due to the fact that LED light presents itself only in the radio spectra that plants need to grow, as during their development and reproductive stages they need blue and red wavelengths, respectively.

This way, plants make better use of light, which results in improvements in its growth and lower costs for producers.

Source: Inia

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