Energy efficiency and spectra are key to producing high-throughput plant phenotyping data from grow rooms to grow fields
AUSTIN, Texas and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, September 21, 2022—(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fluence, the world’s leading provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, has been selected by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) as its LED technology. partner for its new Dutch Plant Ecophenotyping Center (NPEC). In the NPEC state-of-the-art phenotypic greenhouse, VYPR DUO 3×2 luminaires are used to support research on genotype-phenotype associations.
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In the state-of-the-art NPEC phenotypic greenhouse, VYPR DUO 3×2 preparations are used to support research on genotype-phenotype associations. (Photo: BusinessWire)
The official opening of NPEC will take place ahead of the week-long International Plant Phenotyping Symposium 2022 (IPPS 2022), which will be held September 26-30 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Fluence, a preferred sponsor of IPPS 2022, will attend the symposium and the NPEC opening in Wageningen.
NPEC brings together six modules spread over two university campuses, each offering specialized phenotyping platforms with their own measurement systems. There are five air-conditioned departments equipped with VYPR DUO 3×2 lamps from Fluence in the specialized greenhouse at the WUR campus. 3D and hyperspectral imaging, conveyor systems and various compartment sensors produce highly accurate measurements including the size, color and location of plant leaves that can be examined to understand the genetic response of plants to different conditions and treatments such as heat, drought. or increased soil salinization.
“Using highly customizable technologies that generate high-quality data on plant performance and how environmental parameters affect plant phenotype was a key requirement in selecting our facility partners,” said Rick van de Zedde, principal investigator and project manager for NPEC. “After working with Fluence to light our state-of-the-art Serre Red Quarantine Greenhouse, we knew that the PhysioSpec™️ BROAD R4 white spectrum luminaires could help create a nearly ideal research environment in the NPEC greenhouse.”
In addition to Fluence’s state-of-the-art VYPR facilities, which include the white spectrum PhysioSpec™️ BROAD R4, NPEC researchers will use the Maxi-MARVIN imaging device to aid in their research, a broadband 3D modeling system developed by WUR. which can reconstruct the plant architecture within milliseconds. Other high-tech research tools at WUR include a dark and light adaptation chamber as well as imaging systems capable of analyzing the photosynthetic efficiency of plants.
“Research on genotype-phenotype associations, particularly how ecological and environmental variables affect plant phenotype, is essential for the development of new climate-resistant crops,” explained van de Zedde. “Automated phenotyping will also dramatically increase the speed of plant breeding and time to market for new crop varieties.”
“We are honored to partner with WUR to support the production of high-quality food and sustainable crop development,” said Theo Tekstra, Fluence’s EMEA CTO and COO of the WUR project team. “Our PhysioSpec™️ BROAD R4 white spectrum came as close as possible to what the WUR scientific team defined as the ideal spectrum for conducting year-round research on a wide range of plant species” .
The ongoing partnership between Fluence and WUR also includes the supply of LED lighting in the specialized insect research greenhouse and climatic phenotyping rooms in Wageningen. To learn more about the collaboration between Fluence and WUR, click here.
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Fluence Bioengineering, Inc. (Fluence) creates powerful, energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial crop production and research applications. Fluence, the leading provider of LED lighting in the global cannabis market, aims to enable more efficient crop production for the world’s best vertical growers both on farms and in greenhouses. Fluence’s global headquarters are located in Austin, Texas, and the company also has its EMEA headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fluence operates as a business unit within Signify’s Digital Solutions division. To learn more about Fluence, visit www.fluence.science.
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