Title: Light-emitting diode lighting for forest nursery seedling production
Author: Dumroese, R. Kasten; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Davis, Anthony S.;
Source: International Plant Propagators’ Society, Combined Proceedings (2014). 64: 335-339.
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Description: Crop lighting is an energy-intensive necessity for nursery production of high-quality native plants and forest tree seedlings. During the winter months (especially in northern USA latitudes) or overcast or cloudy days, the amount of solar radiation reaching greenhouse crops is insufficient resulting in growth cessation, early terminal bud formation, and failure of seedlings to reach target height for outplanting (Tinus, 1995; Lopez and Runkle, 2008). In light of this, nursery growers have added supplemental lighting to increase the daily light integral (DLI), defined as the photosynthetic light received over the course of the day for seedling production (Torres and Lopez, 2010). A wide range of supplemental light sources are used in nurseries to control plant development and manipulate plant quality (Tinus, 1995; Bourget, 2008). However, the problem with most lighting systems, such as high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps, is that they do not provide the light spectrum that is most efficient for photosynthesis in plants. In addition, because of the huge amount of electrical energy required, using HPS as supplemental lighting, for most reforestation and native plant nurseries, is economically impractical.
Keywords: lighting, forest nursery, seedling, native plants
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Apostol Kent G.; Dumroese, R. Kasten; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Davis, Anthony S. 2015. Light-emitting diode lighting for forest nursery seedling production. International Plant Propagators’ Society, Combined Proceedings (2014). 64: 335-339.
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