February 24, 12:00-1:00 PM (EST)

Upcoming webinar: making sense of lighting during propagation

It's a busy time in the greenhouse, but hopefully, you’ll take some time to listen to Ontario's next webinar, focused on using supplemental lighting in greenhouse propagation. Dr. Erik Runkle and Dr. Roberto Lopez from Michigan State University, join to share their vast knowledge on this topic. 

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM EST

Register for the Zoom session here.

The topic:
Propagation is an important stage in greenhouse production and often the place where many growers can see the potential for adding supplemental lighting, especially in the late winter and early spring months. The hosts will walk growersthrough some of their research in this area along with considerations for return on investment.

The speakers:
Dr. Roberto Lopez is an Associate Professor and controlled environment/ floriculture extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. His research focuses on young specialty crop (floriculture, leafy greens, and herbs) propagation and finishes plant production in greenhouses, growth rooms, and vertical farms. He earned his B.S. at the University of New Mexico and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture at Michigan State University. He has a research and extension appointment and teaches two courses: Greenhouse Structures and Management and Floriculture Production. 

Dr. Erik Runkle is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. He obtained a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture at Michigan State University. Since Erik joined the faculty in 2001, he and his graduate research team have performed numerous practical experiments in the greenhouse and vertical farming environments to better understand how light, temperature, and other environmental factors control plant growth and development. Most recently, they have been focusing on how the photon spectrum regulates plant growth, flowering, yield, and quality attributes of horticultural crops, particularly ornamentals and leafy greens.

Want more info or having trouble registering? Email Chevonne Dayboll at chevonne.dayboll@ontario.ca.

For more information:
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

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