UV-LEDs for Sustainable, Innovative, Technology-Enabled Cropping

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Light quality for crop flavour, colour and plant shape


Those of us lucky enough to have holidayed in the Mediterranean may recall the strong, fragrant smell of wild rosemary or thyme growing on a sun drenched, rocky coast. Indeed, the link between sun exposure and crop quality is well known and marketed through concepts such as “sun ripened tomatoes”. So, is there any truth in sun ripened crops having a better aroma, colour and overall flavour, and can we, based at more northerly latitudes, improve our crops to capture that Mediterranean feel?

Our project aims to improve crop lighting to better reflect natural sunlight, and using the benefits of light to improve the crop's colour, flavour and plant architecture.

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Our one page leaflet summarises what the project is about. Download the leaflet from our Stakeholders Page.

We are keen to work with growers and other interested parties. If you would like more information on the project or on how we could work together, please contact us.

UV LED for Crops Research Group

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland, T23 TK30