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Impact of LED irradiance on plant photosynthesis and action spectrum of plantlet
Author(s): Most Tahera Naznin; Mark G. Lefsrud
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Paper Abstract

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) can be selected to target the wavelengths absorbed by plantlets, enabling the users to customize the wavelengths of light required for maximum production. The primary purpose of this experiment was to test the effect of different ratios of red to blue LEDs on tomato plantlets photosynthetic action spectrum. Four light treatments including: red LED (100%) and three ratios of red (661 nm) to blue (449 nm) light (5:1, 10:1 and 19:1) at 60 umol m-2 s-1 for this study. The tomato plantlets cultured without blue light showed a three and half-fold decrease in photosynthesis rate. The highest photosynthetic action spectrum was observed at 10:1 but was not significantly difference from the 5:1 and the lowest action spectrum was observed at 100% red LED light. The tomato plantlets grown without the blue light showed a single-fold increase in plantlet height but were not significantly different from the 10:1 red to blue LED light. This research will allow for improved selection of LED lighting for plant tissue culture.

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Date Published: 19 September 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9216, Optics and Photonics for Information Processing VIII, 921602 (19 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2061236
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Most Tahera Naznin, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Mark G. Lefsrud, McGill Univ. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9216:
Optics and Photonics for Information Processing VIII
Abdul A. S. Awwal; Khan M. Iftekharuddin; Mohammad A. Matin; Andrés Márquez, Editor(s)

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