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Press Releases and News

Below are links to selected news articles and other media coverage of Light and Plant Health group projects and scientists.

LRC Press Release, Monday, September 18, 2017

LRC collaborating with Cornell on $6.5M grant to develop next generation of grapes

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer is partnering with Cornell University on a $6.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The LRC will work to create an automated phenotyping system, incorporating novel lighting and image processing, to quantify the amount of plant pathogens found on grapes, and for analyzing resistance to these pathogens in new grape varieties.

LUX Review, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LED has potential to end use of pesticides in farming 

LED light is able to reduce disease in plants, a discovery that could, ultimately, lead to the decreased use of pesticides. Interview with LRC scientist Dr. Jaimin Patel.

Urban Ag News, Saturday, September 10, 2016

Advanced LED lighting for plant health and protection in controlled environment agriculture 

In the future, growers will have the opportunity to use LEDs not just for extending the period of natural daylight but also for providing lighting tailored specifically to suppress growth of plant pathogens and to extract greater value from their crops by producing healthier, more robust plants.

LD+A Magazine, June 2016


From designer plants to genetic engineering, LEDs show infinite possibilities in agricultural applications.

LRC Press Release, October 6, 2015

USDA-NIFA Awards $1.7 Million for Light and Plants Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) award $1.7 million to study the novel use of light to suppress a broad group of plant pathogens affecting sustainable production of organically grown crops.