Ultraviolet (UV) light can improve plant quality in terms of nutritional value, architecture and ability to resist pests. This has positive impacts on the sustainability of food production, and human health and well-being. Our study will develop state-of-the-art LED technology that will enable scientists to manipulate UV to advance our understanding of how plants respond positively to UV wavelengths. So far this has not been possible due to the limitations of current UV-technologies. This pioneering combination of electronic engineering and plant biology will have global implications for the horticulture industry.
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We strongly welcome enquiries of prospective collaborators, for example from the protected crop sector, or others who may be interested to work with us on the technology and its applications for plant growth and development. Anyone interested to find out more about the project, or about potential collaboration opportunities, is encouraged to contact us.