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  • “Hidden” benefits of supplemental lighting

    Published on April 7, 2021
    High light can at least partly decrease the effects of other environmental parameters on greenhouse crops. These can be considered “hidden” benefits because the effects are often not obvious.

  • S01.B1-UIUC

    IPM-omics: Scalable and sustainable solutions for pest management of insect pests of cowpea in Africa

  • Tom Fernandez

    Professor
    fernan15@msu.edu
    517-353-0336

  • The future of greenhouse lighting

    Published on September 24, 2010
    This article, written in 2010, gazes into the crystal ball about how light-emitting diodes (LEDs) will become the primary lighting source for plant applications.

  • Lighting greenhouse vegetables

    Published on December 7, 2011
    The primary way to increase fruit yield (fruit number and/or size) is to increase the amount of photosynthetic light provided to plants.

  • Greenhouse shading options

    Published on March 24, 2008
    As spring approaches and days get gradually longer, growers need to look at ways to limit the light and heat that affect their most sensitive crops.

  • Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila using Organic Strategies

    Published on February 8, 2017

    In 2015, a multi-regional project was funded by USDA-NIFA through Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) to develop, evaluate and implement systems-based organic management programs for SWD.

  • LEDs on lettuce: White light vs. red+blue light

    Published on June 7, 2021
    In the first article of a five-part series on indoor production of leafy greens, we join the lighting debate discussing white versus red and blue light from a crop production perspective.

  • Diffused glass

    Published on April 23, 2016
    Growers need to weigh the advantages of diffused glass with its cost considering their greenhouse location, production periods, and types of crops grown.

  • Strategies for supplemental lighting

    Published on November 24, 2009
    Different methods of greenhouse lighting have different purposes — sometimes to extend the photoperiod and sometimes to increase the daily light interval. Knowing their differences may help you make better choices for your operation.

  • The economics of lighting young plants indoors

    Published on June 12, 2019
    This article provides the framework of the economics of indoor lighting of young plants (transplants). It includes example costs for an indoor plant factory in Japan, and provides highlights for indoor lighting used by two commercial growers in the U.S.

  • Far-red and PPFD: A tale of two lettuce cultivars

    Published on October 5, 2021
    In part 3 of a 5-part series on the indoor production of leafy greens, the interactive effects of far-red light and light intensity on lettuce growth are discussed.

  • What is the ideal lighting spectrum?

    Published on March 16, 2020
    With LEDs, we can tailor the light spectrum to elicit specific growth responses. This article discusses some of the considerations to identify an “ideal” plant lighting spectrum. As you will read, it’s highly situational.

  • Red light spectrum - Role of far red radiation

    Published on November 9, 2016
    What are the potential benefits for including far-red radiation when growing seedlings indoors?

  • Lighting plans: Their generation and importance

    Published on August 17, 2017
    Light intensity and uniformity are critical to successful production of plants. This article describes how lighting plans are developed, and why they are so important when comparing lighting technologies.

  • DLI 'requirements'

    Published on May 10, 2019
    This article provides daily light integral (DLI) guidelines to produce plants of at least moderate quality, assuming plants are grown at moderate temperatures.

  • Common plant production acronyms

    Published on May 8, 2020
    This article briefly defines 20 acronyms (abbreviations formed from the initial letters of other words) commonly used when discussing controlled-environment production of plants.

  • Maximize the benefits of supplemental lighting

    Published on January 8, 2018
    Purchasing, installing, and operating supplemental greenhouse lighting is fairly expensive. Here are some tips and considerations to maximize your supplemental lighting system.

  • Lighting young plants indoors

    Published on February 4, 2019
    Part 1 of a 5-part series is an introduction to producing young plants indoors under fully controlled environments.