Horticultural Physiology

Horticultural Physiology Lab receives grant from Georgia Research Alliance

The Horticultural Physiology Lab has received a $60,000 grant from the Georgia Research Alliance to continue our collaboration with Dr. Mark Haidekker’s photonics lab in UGA’s College of Engineering, and PhytoSynthetix. This long-standing collaboration is focused on the development of energy-efficient, cost-effective methods for supplemental lighting in controlled environment agriculture. We focus…
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Marc van Iersel receives equipment grant from Campbell Scientific

Marc van Iersel was awarded an ‘Imagine’ grant from Campbell Scientific. Campbell Scientific is a manufacturer of research-grade data acquisition and control system. The horticultural physiology lab uses these systems in many of our research projects. The grant will provide in-kind support to purchase Campbell Scientific equipment for use in…
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Undergrads shine!

Mary Lewis and Jesse Lafian, two of our undergrads, recently presented their work.  Mary studied the effects of LED lighting on plant morphology and growth of Lettuce.  Jesse has been developing a new type of soil moisture sensor that can help farmers and landscapers track the irrigation needs of their plants.
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PhD student Shuyang Zhen’s research highlighted on ISHS website

PhD student Shuyang Zhen’s research on the effects of far-red light on photosynthetic efficiency is highlighted on the website of the International Society for Horticultural Science. Shuyang presented some of her research on this topic at the 2016 ISHS lighting symposium in East Lansing, MI. Her work has shown that plants…
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Jesse Lafian wins college’s entrepreneurship competition

Jesse Lafian, a senior undergraduate in the horticulture department, won the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Fabricate entrepreneurship competition. Jesse has been working a novel type of soil moisture sensor that can help farmers and landscapers track the irrigation needs of their plants. The ultimate goal is to…
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Lab publishes paper on new ‘smart’ LED light control approach

LED lights are quickly gaining popularity in greenhouses. LED lights have many advantages over more traditional HPS lights, including energy efficiency and the availability of lights with various spectra. One important property of LEDs lights that the horticulture industry has not yet taken advantage of is that the light output…
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