Illumitex Signs Joint Deal with Syngenta for LEDs in Horticulture
Sep 6, 2011
LEDs have recently become a tool of interest to the agricultural industry due to the different wavelengths of light they can create. These same wavelengths alter plant growth in specific ways, depending on the combinations used. As a step forward, Illumitex, Inc., a developer of high-brightness LEDs and innovative LED solutions, has signed a joint research and business development deal with Syngenta, a world leader in agriculture. In this partnership, Syngenta will use Illumitex's patented LED technology to develop new growing protocols in controlled environments like greenhouses and indoor growth chambers.
Illumitex's focused beam control and regulation of the light spectrum will make it possible for widespread use of the LED lighting in the global plant market. Versatility also apparent in the wavelength controls of the lights will make it even more easier to control plant growth, and Digital DistributionTM beam technology will provide high light quality for the plants.
Syngenta's Head of Partnerships and Scouting, Jon Campbell, notes that Illumitex has solved the problems facing LED use in agriculture, "color uniformity on the plants and cost per delivered photon," which is what led to the partnership. The two companies expect to use the LED technology in combination with Syngenta's expertise to grow better plants and more efficiently.
Author: Rebecca Milne
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