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Recent Advances in LED Lighting and Controls
Welcome to the American Floral Endowment's Grow Pro Webinar Series! Throughout this series, our nationally recognized researchers, hosts, and speakers will offer ‘how-to’ advice based on AFE-funded and other research projects to help the industry navigate through these ever-changing growing challenges. The webinar topics are current and offer long-term opportunities for growers to focus on increased profit, greater sustainability, and improved labor efficiency. Each session includes a presentation and interactive Q&A. To see the full series calendar visit endowment.org/GrowPro.

The May 16th session of our series focuses on recent advances in LED lighting and controls.

The use of LED lighting in greenhouse production is continuing to grow and new advancements in technology are happening at a rapid pace, especially as concerns of energy savings continue to rise. Dr. Erik Runkle will cover the latest advancements in LED lighting and controls and what these advancements mean for growers. Dr. Runkle has been evaluating LED lighting since they were first available to the greenhouse industry and simplifies their selection and use in different production settings.

Topics will include:
• Recent advances in LED lighting and controls and how they benefit growers
• Are LEDs right for you?
• How to choose the right LEDs for your production system
• Overview of different options currently on the market
• Cost/benefit analysis

Speaker: Dr. Erik Runkle, Michigan State University
(see bio below)

May 16, 2023 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Erik Runkle
Professor @Michigan State University
Dr. Erik Runkle is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. Erik obtained a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture at Michigan State University. Since he joined the faculty in 2001, he and his graduate research team have performed numerous practical experiments in greenhouses and indoor growing facilities to determine the effects of light, temperature, and other environmental factors on plant growth and development. Experiments have been performed on a wide range of herbaceous specialty crops, including plugs and liners, annual bedding plants, and leafy greens.