By Qingwu (William) Meng When I returned to Michigan State University (MSU) for my PhD 2.5 years ago, I was beyond excited to be involved in the development of a brand new research facility, the Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL), led by
By Qingwu (William) Meng Urban Ag News originally published this article in July, 2017. You’re considering new LEDs for your vertical farms. What colors should you get? Would you be better off with classic red and blue light or broad-spectrum,
The cover photo (taken by Joshua Craver) of the January issue of the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science features microgreens. Microgreens are a specialty horticulture crop consisting of vegetables and herbs harvested and consumed during the fully-expanded cotyledon or
Adding far red to red and blue light from LEDs brings control of plant growth to the next level. By Qingwu (William) Meng and Erik Runkle Inside Grower originally published this article in February, 2017. Indoor farms are burgeoning in the
Image: Rough bluegrass produces abundant anthocyanins under environmental stress such as high light and/or high temperature (source). Anthocyanins, plant pigments known for their health-promoting properties, are in demand for medicinal and industrial uses. Anthocyanins have become sought-after natural products, but
Shuyang Zhen, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia, delivered an oral presentation at the 2016 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual conference in Atlanta, GA. Her talk was entitled “Enhancing Photosynthesis with Far-red Light at Different Intensities
Yujin Park, currently a third-year Ph.D. student at Michigan State University, delivered this oral presentation during the 8th International Symposium of Light in Horticulture held in East Lansing, MI in May, 2016. She investigated the use of adding far-red radiation
Qingwu (William) Meng recently delivered an oral presentation at the 2016 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual conference in Atlanta, GA. His talk was about how blue, red, and far-red radiation interacted to influence plant growth, morphology, and pigmentation.