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Common Plant Production Acronyms

There are many acronyms used when discussing the production of crops in controlled environments. Acronyms are usually
abbreviations formed from the initial letters of other words.

We sometimes read or hear them without fully understanding their
meaning, and that’s especially the case for people new to the industry and/or for those whose first language is not English.

Early Scaling-Up Challenges with LED Lighting

Relative to other lighting technologies on the market today, we are still in early days of commercial-scale implementation of LEDs as a supplemental lighting source.

The demand for LEDs is huge, and based on the promising science and engineering behind the technology, it is justifiable. Has the demand outpaced the reliable supply of component parts? Will the industry mature fast enough to alleviate the technology’s implementation issues? While we are optimistic, as with any new technology, it is important to know that there can still be some hiccups with commercial implementation

Lighting Basil Seedlings

In last article of a four-part series, researchers from Michigan State University share science-based information about indoor production of leafy greens and herbs.

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) Carbon Dioxide Injection

In this third article of a four-part series, researchers from Michigan State University share science-based information about indoor production of leafy greens and herbs.

Indoor Production of Herb Seedlings: Light Intensity & Carbon Dioxide

In this second article of our five-part series on culinary herb research at Michigan State University (MSU), we will highlight the results of pushing the lighting and carbon dioxide envelope during the production of dill, parsley, and sage seedlings indoors without sunlight.