Archive for April, 2018

Announcement – Dr Phillip Davis

After five years working on LED lighting technology with core funding from the Horticultural Fellowship Fund sponsored by HTA, The East Malling Trust and AHDB (HDC) inspired by Neil Bragg, Phillip is moving on.
In 2012 STC built a large closed environment insulated facility constructed by Cambridge HOK and using Philips LED lights to look at the growth of plants under various spectral regimes.
Phillip came to work in this world leading facility and has carried out projects on a wide range of edible and ornamental crops both for AHDB but also many private growers. He also worked with tomatoes looking at overhead and inter-lighting comparison treatments. Such is the speed of LED lighting development, both in closed environments and other glasshouse crops, that commerce have largely taken up the work and are moving ahead. The closed environment work is mainly now termed Urban Farming and developments are worldwide aimed at overcoming severe climates, proximity to consumer and hygiene of crops.
Phillip is an expert in these fields having worked in the STC facilities and closely with others. As such he is in demand and will be progressing in the commercial part of the industry. We wish him well.
Graham Ward OBE said “the objective of STC is to develop and transfer science as practical technology for our customers. Phillip has done this with LED lights, for us, over the last five years. We expect our staff to move out to the commercial world and we wish him well in his new career.
With the excellent LED facilities at STC, including the new CHAP LED facility, our Director of Science, Dr David George looks forward to introducing a new Business Manager in Photobiology to continue this valuable work for the industry.”