NZ: Research shows ultraviolet light controlled plant development and fought diseases

A Massey University scientist’s technique of applying ultraviolet light to crops, including medicinal cannabis, could be the “holy grail” of agriculture.

Jason Wargent is the chief science officer at BioLumic and a Massey professor. He has been working on treating plants with ultraviolet lights, which leads to better crop yields and protects them from disease, without the use of chemicals or genetic modification.

BioLumic uses “clean growth technology” to grow agricultural crops such as lettuce, soybeans, strawberries and tomatoes, as well as medicinal cannabis.

Wargent’s work of using next-generation ag technology on global food production has led to him being a finalist for the entrepreneur gong at this year’s KiwiNet awards. Wargent said a little bit of ultraviolet light controlled plant development and fought disease. 


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