• At the end of February 2014, twenty growers and horticultural industry professionals from the UK visited Ontario and British Columbia on a greenhouse horticulture study tour, organised by the GrowSave team. The group visited 14 organisations which comprised of nurseries, R&D facilities and industry suppliers.
  • There is increasing evidence that using diffuse light within a greenhouse can give production advantages, such as an increase in yields and reduced time to market, as well as quality improvement.
  • As part of HDC-funded project 'PO10: LED Lighting for Horticultural Applications – Establishing the Economics of Current Hardware Offerings', Farm Energy Centre has produced three calculators to assist you in making the decision about using LED lighting.
  • The arrival of commercially-viable light emitting diode (LED) lighting for horticultural applications has been promised for a number of years now, and recent developments by a number of manufacturers suggests that the promise is now close to reality.
  • This article on LED lighting notes a visit by members of the Sustainability Initiative to the Improvement Centre — a Dutch greenhouse facility that leases 10,000 sq. ft. of production blocks to researchers, manufacturers and breeders to test new products.
  • Notes from a presentation by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Hoticulture, which explores the use of LEDs in hoticulture.
  • In this factsheet, Farm Energy Centre's Chris Plackett, and Steve Adams and Allen Langton from Warwick Horticultural Research International (HRI) look at the energy implications of using horticultural lighting, and consider how energy inputs can be minimised whilst still maintaining plant yield and quality
  • Supplementary lighting can be controlled in a number of different ways, ranging from simple manual switching through to automatic control using a climate computer.