Cultivating secondary metabolites to boost your grow’s bottom line

June 25, 2021 | 4:15 pm | 321 | Cultivation

As lighting technology becomes more sophisticated, lighting recommendations are also becoming increasingly complicated. The ability of LEDs to deliver specific spectra inevitably leads to questions about which spectrum is best for plant growth and which wavelengths can boost cannabinoid and terpene production. Therefore, understanding how and why light quality affects cannabis growth and metabolism is integral for determining the optimal lighting strategies for growers’ production facilities. 

 Join Fluence by OSRAM’s research project manager, Brian Poel, as he shares the findings of Fluence’s cannabis research program and how light spectrum controls cannabis yield and quality. Brian will dive deep into the effects of light’s visible and invisible wavelengths and their role in cannabis cultivation.

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Brian Poel, Research Project Manager, Fluence by OSRAM

Growing up on a farm in rural Ontario, Brian has spent his life immersed in plants. While working in vegetable variety development in Leamington, Ontario, he saw the emergence of supplemental lighting and the need for proper experimentation to guide growers into making the best decisions for crop production. Brian shifted his focus to horticultural lighting and completed his master’s degree at Michigan State University where he compared LED lighting with HPS lamps for greenhouse ornamental production. He currently manages research projects for Fluence by OSRAM where he supports Fluence’s internal cannabis research initiatives. 
Brian continues to help lead the way in understanding and applying plant growth and developmental responses to light spectrum and intensity. He specializes in conducting research and grower experiments focusing on increased cannabis yield and quality by maximizing photosynthesis and manipulating secondary metabolite production. Brian is also investigating how light works in concert with other inputs to maximize production efficiency.