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The science behind the orange cover that enhances photosynthesis

UbiGro's greenhouse covering material is using red-shifting quantum dots to optimize sunlight. In this article, Dr. Damon Hebert, Director of Agriculture Research for UbiQD, uncovers the most asked questions about UbiGro Covers.

Are there any special requirements for installing a UbiGro Cover? "No. UbiGro Cover will install exactly like you would any other greenhouse cover. Whether you require a single layer poly for a hoop house or double-wall poly configuration, your UbiGro Cover installation is exactly the same installation process as any other greenhouse covering. If you would like some help with your UbiGro Cover installation, feel free to reach out to our team. We'd be happy to help with your installation," Damon says.

Why is UbiGro Cover orange? "UbiGro appears orange to the human eye because it is glowing with a peak color of 600 nm. This is the most efficient color within PAR for photosynthesis and is the foundation of all UbiGro products," Damon explains. "UbiGro Cover is more than just a protection for your crop, it is actually a layer of light powered by the sun that is glowing over your crop. The glow comes from capturing UV and some blue photons and converting these to efficient red light that powers photosynthesis."

With a double-wall poly greenhouse, should UbiGro cover be the inside layer, outside layer or both? "While using UbiGro Cover as both layers of a double-wall system could possibly be great, we recommend using it as one layer in a double system. UbiGro can be used as either the inner or outer layer and is built to last in both environments," Damon says.

"Deciding whether to use the UbiGro Cover in your greenhouses as an inside or outside layer can depend on many factors like:

- Does the other layer contain a UV blocker or IR?
- Location can also be a factor depending on northern or southern locale or even altitude."

If UbiGro Cover were to rip or fall onto the crop, can the quantum dots in the poly be dangerous to the crop or staff? "Absolutely not. The Quantum Dots used by UbiGro are from UbiQD's exclusive license to produce safe, non-toxic QDs made with copper, zinc, and sulfur. These QDs are embedded into the polymer, where they are protected from the elements and perfectly safe. Check out our Nobel Prize in Chemistry for our quantum dot greenhouse technology."

Where is UbiGro Cover sold? "UbiGro has a team of salespeople across the US. Currently, UbiGro cover is manufactured in the US for sales across all of North America and can be shipped overseas for any potential international partners. UbiGro is working to partner with international greenhouse covering manufacturers to make UbiGro Cover and film available around the world," Damon says.

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