Dec 5, 2018
As our population continues to grow, farm land disappearing and an increased awareness of what goes into our produce, the need to increase yield without chemicals is a critical topic. Host Mark Lien and Dr. Pocock discuss using LEDs (irradiance, spectral composition, timing, duration) to program photochemical, photosynthetic, development and biochemical processes in plants and the development of a physiological biofeedback system to maintain or change LED physiological programs. In layman’s term growing to produce better, stronger, faster. This fascinating, ground-breaking, and often warm interchange should not be missed.
Dr. Tessa Pocock is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After obtaining a Ph.D. in plant physiology in Canada she moved her research to Sweden as a recipient of a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship. She joined RPI in 2014 after a decade in the European horticultural lighting industry where she oversaw over 800 LED spectral high throughput experiments on greens, herbs, and medicinal plants. She is co-inventor on three technology patents, has authored or co-authored three book chapters and twenty-one peer-reviewed articles and has spoken at over 27 international conferences.
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