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Optimizing LED Lighting for Flower Crops
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 June 22nd and 29th sessions of our series focus on practical LED light applications in the greenhouse with practical applications of daily light integral measurements for scheduling crop timing.

The June sessions are sponsored by Apogee Instruments, Inc. and Fluence by OSRAM.

Part 1 - June 22nd
Presented by Jim Faust, Clemson University

Growers seek to optimize plant growth while maintaining production costs. Interest in LED lighting has surged in recent years due to the potential energy savings. Growers continue to wonder if supplemental lighting with LEDs is needed for their greenhouse operations. Jim will explain how to determine if your location and crops justify adding supplemental lighting.

Part 2 - June 29th
Presented by Erik Runkle

Questions abound when considering use of LED lighting. Choices of fixtures and light quality can be very confusing. Erik Runkle has been evaluating LED lighting since they were first available to the greenhouse industry. He will simplify the selection and use of LEDs, both indoors and in greenhouses.
You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.

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Jim Faust
Assoc. Professor of Floriculture Physiology @Clemson University
Jim Faust teaches and does research on floriculture crops at Clemson University. He has been in the floriculture industry for 34 years. His research includes work on the effect of daily light integral on plant growth, and he has created the DLI maps available on the AFE website.
Erik Runkle
Professor & Extension Specialist @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.
Sponsored by Apogee Instruments, Inc. and Fluence by OSRAM