Fluence VYPR Selected as Supplemental Lighting Solution for Wageningen University
September 23, 2022 By Fluence
Fluence, a global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, has been selected by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) as the LED technology partner for its new Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC). In NPEC’s phenotyping greenhouse, VYPR DUO 3×2 fixtures are used to support research on genotype-phenotype associations.
The official opening of NPEC will take place preceding the weeklong International Plant Phenotyping Symposium 2022 (IPPS 2022), held from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30 in Wageningen, Netherlands. Fluence, a Gold Sponsor of IPPS 2022, will attend the conference and opening of NPEC in Wageningen.
NPEC consists of six modules across two university campuses, each offering dedicated phenotyping platforms with its own measurement systems. A specialized greenhouse at the WUR campus houses five climate-controlled compartments outfitted with Fluence’s VYPR DUO 3×2 fixtures. The compartments’ 3D and hyperspectral imaging, conveyor systems and various sensors produce high-precision measurements—including plant size, color and leaf positioning—that can be examined to understand the genetic response of plants to varied conditions and treatments, such as heat, drought or increased soil salinification.
In addition to Fluence’s VYPR top lights, which feature PhysioSpec BROAD R4 white spectrum, NPEC researchers will use the Maxi-MARVIN imaging cabinet to assist in research, a high-throughput 3D modeling system developed by WUR that can reconstruct a plant’s architecture within milliseconds. Other high-tech research tools at WUR include a dark and light adaptation chamber and imaging systems capability to analyze the photosynthetic efficiency of plants.
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