507 PB 251 DETERMINATION OF OPTIMUM GREENHOUSE NIGHT TEMPERATURE FOR MARIGOLD SEEDLINGS BASED ON STARCH CONCENTRATION AND SEEDLING GROWTH

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Through control of light intensity and CO, concentrations, three levels of starch (low, medium and high) in marigold seedlings existed at sunset. The range in starch concentration represented that encountered under average greenhouse conditions. For each starting starch concentration, an optimum temperature was initially determined based on first and second order reactions on the corresponding starch decline curve. Every day, during seedling growth in the greenhouse, the starch concentration at sunset was predicted based on primarily the quantity of light received throughout the day; the night temperature was adjusted to the predicted optimum night temperature setting. Based on these studies a significant improvement in seedling growth can be achieved with significantly less heating cost.

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