Apr 15, 2016
Light in Horticulture Symposium Set for May

Online registration is still open for the 8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture set for May 22-26. The symposium, presented by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

There will be a welcome reception on May 22, with presentations May 23-25. A banquet dinner will take place May 25. The symposium will close May 26 with a post-conference tour of commercial greenhouse operations in Michigan.

Bruce Bugbee, professor of crop physiology at Utah State University, will give the keynote presentation “Toward an Optimal Spectral Quality for Plant Growth and Development.” Guest speakers include Wim van Ieperen, assistant professor, Horticultural Supply Chains Group, Wageningen University; Jason Wargent, associate professor in horticulture, Massey University; Kevin Folta, professor of horticultural science, University of Florida.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Electrical lighting technologies for plant applications including LEDs, conventional lamps, plasma, induction lighting, etc.
  • Greenhouse coverings and glazing technologies
  • Photosynthesis, photoperiodism, and 
  • Interaction of light with hormones, plant signaling, 
and other environmental parameters
  • Commercial production of food, ornamental, and 
medicinal crops in protected environments
  • Measurement, efficiency, spectral distribution, and 
economics of electric lighting
  • Lighting in greenhouses, growth chambers, plant 
factories, and vertical farms

Regular registration for the post-conference tours closes April 15. Online registration ends May 10.

The conference is being held in coordination with the ISHS Commission Horticultural Engineering, ISHS Commission Protected Cultivation, ISHS Section Ornamental Plants, and ISHS Workgroup Light in Horticulture.

For more information and registration, visit the International Symposium on Light in Horticulture website.