Greenhouse average daily temperature (ADT) and daily light integral (DLI) can be adjusted to improve crop timing, maximize biomass production, and increase crop quality. In this webinar, Michigan State University researchers will discuss how the growth, development, and color of culinary herbs is influenced by ADT and DLI. They will share research on crops including sweet basil, purple basil, sage, and spearmint, giving research-backed tips on how to use these environmental parameters to improve crop yield and quality.
Dr. Roberto Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. Roberto earned his master’s degree in 2003 and PhD in 2007 from MSU. From 2008 until 2016, he was assistant and then associate professor in horticulture and landscape architecture at Purdue University. His research focus is on energy-efficient propagation and production of floriculture crops with an emphasis on lighting and temperature management. By controlling environmental factors such as light, temperature, and carbon dioxide, Roberto has been able to influence crop timing, quality, flavor, nutrition, and color in many crops.
While working as the graduate research assistant for the Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellowship, Kellie Walters mentors FAST Fellows in their teaching-as-research projects, aids in their teaching professional development through leading and facilitating journal club meetings, and serves on the FAST Steering Committee. Kellie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Horticulture researching controlled environment culinary herb production.