For medicinal cannabis producers, the ability to produce consistent yields and specific cannabinoid profiles is most reliably done in an indoor growing environment, which could result in up to six harvests per year. Just these facts alone make indoor grows 15–30 times more productive than outdoor cultivation.
One company paying particular attention to the specific needs of cannabis producers is Fotonica, who are helping to unleash the full potential of plants with the launch of EVA 3, their intelligent DLED (Dynamic LED) technology.
"Fotonica recently introduced the EVA 3 DLED smart lighting system which utilizes a unique electrical technology that enables growers to implement ‘Light Growth’ protocols that enhance crop yield and reduce energy consumption," the team with the company explains.
"EVA 3 achieves thy by converting electrical currents only to the required wavelengths without exhausting precious electrons to non-responsive spectrum".
Optimizing the Use of Indoor Growing Spaces
"Fotonica’s EVA 3 adjustable light spectrum allows growers to optimize the use of indoor growing space and reduce human resources as it diminishes the need for two room operations. Additionally EVA 3 consume less energy and efficiently converts currents, all while increasing plant biomass and cannabinoids."
"The smart DLED system provides a fully flexible integrated spectrum curve with 11 bands. Additionally, light modulation can be performed inclusive of adjustable duty cycle and other light parameters."
According to them , lighting systems of the past, utilizing HPS or fluorescent light, were originally developed for street or office lighting and were not easily applied or adequate for growing plants, which require a wide spectrum of light.
"Professor David Meiri of the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research at Technion, The Israel Institute of Technology, recently reported about the EVA3TM system. In his report he stated that “results showed cannabinoid concentration levels that were 20-50% higher (THC, CBG respectively) in comparison to traditional HPS bulbs that were used as control and to standard verity concentration received when grown commercially.”
Growing indoors offers growers the opportunity to better manage pests, as well as control the temperature, humidity, and air CO2 concentration of the growing environment. It is important to remember that light is just as important a growing component as air, soil, and water. Plants with different biomass and/or different phenological stages would not all be treated alike, and the same should be said for light.
"As more people throughout the world find their way to the healing benefits of the cannabis plant, there will be more demand on technologies like the FotonicaTM EVA 3TM system that can not only increase crop yields and cannabinoid concentration levels, but can do so with less environmental impact," they conclude.