LED lights promise efficiency benefits for plant breeder PanAmerican Seed Kieft-Pro-Seeds

Plant breeding company PanAmerican Seed Kieft-Pro-Seeds has installed LED lights in its germination testing chambers.

The EUR12,000 system, produced by Philips, includes 7,000 LED lights, 15 per cent blue and 85 per cent red that last 10 times longer than standard fluorescent lighting systems.

Not only could the system cut energy bills by 30 per cent but trials have shown that the lights can speed up the rooting and growth of varieties and improve the consistency of products.

Philips announced a partnership with glasshouse manufacturer Cambridge HOK at the Four Oaks trade show last month.

PanAmerican Seed Kieft-Pro-Seeds seed operations manager Willem Koopman said: "We have been working closely with Philips and our holding company Ball Horticulture for almost four years to trial this new technology.

"Now we can start to benefit from a 30 per cent cost saving on our energy bills and increased efficiency in our testing services.

He added: "Using the new system will also mean the seedlings require less watering because they will not dry out as quickly."

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