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Checkpoint #3
Automating The Future

Let's take a closer look at the technologies and sciences behind all these

Technology

In our indoor setup, the Automated System and Control Panel take the lead in nurturing our strawberries. They carefully manage water, CO2 levels, light conditions, temperature, and more on each rack.

At different growth stages, we fine-tune settings for optimal development – much like crafting a recipe tailored to specific plants. Picture it as a culinary journey, adapting to the unique needs of our green companions.

Blue lights encourage leaf growth, while red lights play a key role in blossoming and fruiting. The system oversees the light schedule, even using night interruption settings to influence the plant's Circadian rhythm.

Science

You may now be wondering, what is Circadian rhythm? It is a concept that applies to us humans too. The circadian rhythm, often referred to as the biological clock, is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours. Many biological processes, including hormone release, digestion, and metabolism, follow a circadian rhythm. This synchronization ensures that these processes occur at optimal times, contributing to overall health and efficiency.

Alike humans, plants too have an internal clock, regulating crucial biological processes and responses to environmental cues like light. Just as we adjust our daily activities to the natural day-night cycle, this lighting schedule we've created mirrors that for a plant’s cycle. By providing controlled interruptions to the dark period, we can manipulate the plant's responses to light cues, optimizing its overall growth. This is particularly relevant for plants such as strawberries that rely on specific day lengths to trigger the flowering process. By strategically interrupting the night with light exposure, we can influence the timing and intensity of flowering, ensuring a more synchronized and productive growth cycle.

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