Sept 17: LED Applications in Greenhouse Crop Production WEBINAR

September 17, 2015

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.
Time: 2pm (Eastern)
Duration: 45 mins with 15 min Q&A
Cost: FREE

LEDs: How Can They Work for You, presented by leading lighting researcher Dr. Youbin Zheng of the University of Guelph and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

How are LEDs currently being used and what is the latest research?

How can they improve your production?

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Are LED technologies ready to be applied in greenhouse crop production? This question has been frequently asked over the past decade.
As little as five years ago the answer to that question, from most of the experts, was “LEDs are not going to be ready for greenhouse crop production for another five years.” 

Now that those five years have passed how has the answer to this question changed?

In this webinar, Dr. Youbin Zheng will walk you through the basics of LED technologies, the historical progression of LED development in terms of energy use efficiency and production costs, advantages and disadvantages of LEDs in horticultural applications, examples of current and future LED applications in greenhouse crop production, and some of the latest research initiatives in the world.


Dr. Zheng is an associate professor and the Environmental Horticulture Chair of the University of Guelph/Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

The objectives of his research program are to develop technologies for producing plant materials in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, to develop and use horticultural technologies for improving our environment and to help build a sustainable society.

His research program serves the greenhouse floriculture, greenhouse vegetable, nursery, landscape, green roof and urban agriculture industries. His areas of expertise include lighting, plant nutrition, fertilization, irrigation and water treatment, growing substrates, plant-environment interactions, and other horticulture production-related technologies.

Dr. Zheng has more than 20 years experience in horticulture and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles.


0 #3 Dave Harrison editor 2015-09-16 14:47
Hi Bonnie: Sorry for the time confusion for the webinar. It will start at 2 p.m Eastern (i.e., Toronto time).
0 #2 Bonnie Hiniker 2015-09-16 11:50
We grow mostly perennials and MN native plants including trees shrubs, grasses and sedgesfor shoreline and wild area planting around homes and cabins on area lakes mostly.. we currently use HID for supplemental lighting. Interested in getting into LED as in-expensively as possible but need to learn benefits, plusses and minuses. What time is this at central w daylight savings time. You have two different times listed in the promo.
0 #1 Jane Farr 2015-09-15 11:27
I am the director of an Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station research greenhouse. We currently use HID lights in the greenhouses for supplemental lighting. I'd like to learn more about the LED lights and how they might impact our research projects. A huge variation in lighting type may negatively impact research in progress or additional replications of the same experiment. Are there other research facilities that have successfully changed over from HID to LED without negative impact to research?

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