BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

Artificial light in agriculture

Artificial light in agriculture

Silvia Bures, Miguel Urrestarazu Gavilán and Stiina Kotiranta. (2018). Artificial light in agriculture. Biblioteca Horticultura.

For many years, it is known that plants require light for growth, but not until the last hundred years with the development of science and technology that the exact effect of light on plants is fully discovered.

In agriculture, the use of artificial lighting seeks to provide a source of light that is similar to sun light. With the innovation of technology, LEDs lights has been the ideal solution for horticultural lighting, especially those ones with customized built spectra. LEDs light marks an advantage in terms of environmental and production efficiency in comparison with traditional used lights (HPS, fluorescents).

In January 2018, Valoya in collaboration with the University of Almeria and Buresinnova has published a study about artificial lighting in agriculture. The study introduces experiments using different spectra and types of light to measure how they can affect plants on different growing purposes and cultivating conditions. An extract from the study is presented below.