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Agri-Tech Explore In-Person: Let There Be Light – Powering Plant Production

Tuesday 22nd February @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Photosynthesis is one of the most widespread processes on the planet, and yet it is hugely inefficient. Being unable to move into the sun, plants need all the help they can get to maximise their use of light and convert carbon dioxide into valuable storage products. With research underway to increase the efficiency of photosynthesis, and technologies to ensure optimal use of light, this event is an opportunity to learn more about the spectrum of solutions available to boost crop productivity and quality.

We know plants need light for photosynthesis, from controlled environment agriculture to open-field, but innovations in lighting, glass technologies, leaf coatings and genetics are helping plants make the most of their light. Here we’ll explore a range of innovations which are enabling manipulation of plant performance through light technologies.



10.00               Refreshments & networking

10.30               Welcome – Tracy Lawson, Professor in Plant Physiology, University of Essex

10.35               “This isn’t rocket science, or is it? LED Lighting and baby leaf salads”

                              John Stamford – Senior Research Officer, University of Essex

10.55              “Getting the recipe right – managing light emissions in controlled environments”

                             John Matcham – Technical Director, Light Science Technologies

11.15                Break Exhibition & networking

11.45               “Albotherm: A bright idea for shade”

                              Molly Allington – CEO, Albotherm

12.05              “VQe, the world-first safe light formula that kills pathogens and boosts plant yield”

                              James Millichap-Merick – CEO, Vitabeam

12.25              “Light is limiting – using plant physiology to inform CEA choices”

                             Jim Stevens – Senior Scientist, Vertical Future

12.45               Closing comments – Tracy Lawson, University of Essex

13.00               Lunch, Exhibition & networking

13.30               Tours lead by University of Essex

14.00               Event Close


Exhibitors include: click on the logos for more information about the company

Pro-Lite Technology - CEA Growing Up exhibitor
University of Essex REAP


This event is kindly being hosted by the Essex Plant Innovation Centre which is part of the University of Essex. Please scroll down for the full address and map.



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2 Basis CPD points will be available for attendees this event.

Agri-Tech Explore events are Agri-TechE’s monthly network meetings, including our Pollinator events as well as REAP and Innovation Hub. We want to ignite discussions following a topic deep dive with multiple specialists offering varied perspectives and expertise. Individuals from all sectors and disciplines welcome—whether you’re a grower, a researcher, a technical, professional service provider, an entrepreneur or completely new to the sector, come along and join in!


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Tuesday 22nd February
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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