7th International Symposium on Light in Horticultural Systems

The ISHS 7th International Symposium on Light in Horticultural Systems will be held at Wageningen (Netherlands) from 15 – 18 October 2012. The symposium will be held in the Forum building centrally located on the Wageningen UR campus and only a short distance from the city centre of Wageningen.

Light plays an important role in market- oriented greenhouse production. Products have to be ready for the market on time with the desired volume and quality. In order to meet these requirements, an optimal use of light as one of the most important production factors is of utmost importance. Natural light is free and its utilisation in greenhouse horticulture is necessary for sustainable crop production. The addition of supplementary artificial light, however, will remain necessary in several regions of the world.

By manipulating light we are able to control and steer crop growth and development. Changing the factor light has a large impact on the total production system: microclimate and energy consumption are influenced, costs and benefits are affected. Research on light in horticultural systems is necessary for sustainable and market-oriented greenhouse production in the future.

The symposium will focus on:

  1. Manipulation of natural and artificial light in horticulture production systems – light interaction with energy, microclimate, products meeting consumer demands, and economics.
  2. Plant and crop physiology.
  3. Technical aspects – light manipulation by coverings, nets and screens; artificial light sources, LED and other new light sources.
  4. Light in plant factories and plant propagation systems.
  5. Light emission.
  6. Light measurement methods.

Different technical tours will be offered during ISHS Lightsym2012. All tours will combine a visit at a research facility, a modern Dutch grower with a high degree of automation and/or artificial lighting, and a tourist attraction. Each tour will visit a different region of The Netherlands.

For further information contact:
Dr Silke Hemming, Wageningen UR,
Plant Research International,
PO Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, Netherlands Ph: +31 317 486921 Fax: +31 317 423110 Email: silke.hemming@wur.nl or info@lightsym2012.com
Website: www.lightsym2012.com