Automatically adjusting light spectrum for optimal short term photosynthetic rate
Övrigt konferensbidrag, 2018

The use of light emitting diods (LEDs) as greenhouse illumination is increasingly common. When each LED color is individually dimmable both light spectrum and light intensity can be tuned, which opens up for optimisation of photosynthesis through automatic control of light quality and quantity. However, this requires a non-destructive biological growth signal that can be measured fast, remotely and preferably without interacting with the plants. A potential candidate signal is steady-state chlorophyll a fluorescence gain at 740 nm, defined as dF740/dq, i.e. the difference in fluorescence at 740 nm divided by the difference in incident light quanta caused by a (small) change in intensity of each individual LED color in the lamp (Ahlman et al., 2017). By automatically adjusting the spectrum, to aim for equal fluorescence gains for all LED colors (Wik et al., 2014), the instant photosynthetic rate can be optimised given a preset electric power input to the lamp. When implementing such a controller though, constraints on the spectral distribution are needed to minimise a negative impact on plant morphology.

chlorophyll fluorescence

optimal light spectrum

greenhouse illumination

Light Emitting Diode


Linnéa Ahlman

Chalmers, Elektroteknik, System- och reglerteknik

Daniel Bånkestad


Torsten Wik

Chalmers, Elektroteknik, System- och reglerteknik

First European Congress on Photosynthesis Research, ePS-1
Uppsala, Sweden,

Intelligent Light

Stiftelsen för miljöstrategisk forskning (Mistra) (MI-004), 2012-01-01 -- 2015-12-31.


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