Effect of monochromatic UV-A LED irradiation on the growth of tomato seedlings
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Effect of 376 nm UV-A LED irradiation on the growth and morphology of tomato seedlings was studied. Tomato seedlings were grown under the 658 nm red LEDs or the red LED supplemented with two irradiation levels of the UV-A. The growth and development of tomato seedlings were significantly enhanced under the red light supplemented with the UV-A. Under the UV-A treatments, the tomato seedlings became more compact, the growth of plant organs was balanced, the leaf area was increased, and the total plant fresh and dry weights were also enhanced. Our findings suggested that the 376 nm UV-A from LEDs had a beneficial effect on the growth and development of tomato seedlings as similarly to the blue light.
Additional key wordsbiomass growth chamber light emitting diode (LED) near ultra violet (near UV) photosynthetically active radiation (PAR)
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