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Covering crops in red plastic can boost yields up to 37 per cent

A simple, cheap technology could help to boost food production and possibly allow crops to be grown in different places in order to cut down on food miles

Environment 18 February 2022

the trial of the LLEAF material at Western Sydney University

Trial of the LLEAF material in a greenhouse at Western Sydney University

Alexander Soeriyadi/LLEAF Pty Ltd

The yields of some crops can be substantially boosted by covering them in a material that increases the amount of red light they receive. The simple technology could help to feed the world’s growing population, although more research is needed to see if it affects the flavour and nutrition of plants.

Red wavelengths of sunlight are known to be the biggest drivers of plant growth because they stimulate leaves to produce chlorophyll, which is needed for photosynthesis. This …