Lighting for high value pharmaceutical and nutraceutical crops in vertical farms

G. Samuolienė, V. Vaštakaitė-Kairienė, K. Laužikė, A. Brazaitytė, R. Sutulienė, J. Miliauskienė, A. Viršilė
Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) currently can offer consumers and supply chain stakeholders resilient, sustainable, local, value-added vegetable products. The possibility to handle cultivation environment parameters in CEA enables crop R&D advancement through their specific impacts on plant growth, development, and metabolism. However, despite the high technological CEA level, assortment of cultivated vegetable species is relatively narrow and based on highly demanded species, such as lettuce, basil, spinach, few Brassicacea sp., etc. The high photosynthetic productivity and relatively short cultivation period of leafy greens meet to the expectations for CEA production. However, currently the volume of fresh vegetable consumption in EU is barely growing, while interest of modern society in their own well-being is enhancing the demand for diversified vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants. In this study we seek to overview the growth and metabolite contents of the portfolio of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical crops, cultivated in CEA under tailored light emitting diode lighting and explore species specific plant physiological responses.
Samuolienė, G., Vaštakaitė-Kairienė, V., Laužikė, K., Brazaitytė, A., Sutulienė, R., Miliauskienė, J. and Viršilė, A. (2023). Lighting for high value pharmaceutical and nutraceutical crops in vertical farms. Acta Hortic. 1369, 85-92
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2023.1369.10
growth, light-emitting diodes, metabolites, nutraceuticals

Acta Horticulturae