Purdue Gets $4.88 Million Grant to Study LED Lighting of Plants

Oct 31, 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives toured Purdue University greenhouses on Monday (Oct. 25) to get a preview of the work that will come from a $4.88 million grant for LED lighting research.

Cary Mitchell, a professor of horticulture and project director for the grant, said Purdue researchers will collaborate with Rutgers University, the University of Arizona, Michigan State University and Orbital Technologies Corp. on the four-year project to improve and evaluate LED lighting for greenhouse use. The goal is to increase greenhouse yields and decrease producers' energy costs.

The USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative Award will include $2.44 million from the USDA and an equal amount of in-kind contributions of equipment and services from industry partners. The project is titled "Developing LED Lighting Technology and Practices for Sustainable Specialty-Crop Production."

The researchers are partnering with Robert Morrow and C. Michael Bourget of Orbital Technologies Corp. of Madison, Wisc., which will build the LED lights.

www.purdue.edu


Author:  BIO T&T

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