M. Mansfield
In 2013 at the IPPS Australian Region Conference Karen Brock presented a paper on the use of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in her propagation facility. There was not much detail on the potential benefits for a propagation nursery so a commercial trial was set up with the following aims:
  • To identify the difference in strike rate (the number of plants to successfully set roots) between an LED lit and an unlit bench. Making it easy to quantify the cost benefit such a system will provide by improving strike rates.
  • To identify the length of time for root initiation in days between the LED lit and the unlit trays. This will outline the potential turnover and efficiency gains the LED lights will give the propagation house.
  • To ultimately measure the cost benefits of installing lights to improve productivity of a green house compared with building more production space.
Mansfield, M. (2015). LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE (LED) LIGHTING IN PLANT PROPAGATION©. Acta Hortic. 1085, 35-37
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1085.7

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