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VOLT Grow®: Supporting University Horticulture Research

VOLT Grow®: Supporting University Horticulture Research
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VOLT Grow®: Supporting University Horticulture Research

During the research and development of our cutting-edge LED grow lights, VOLT Grow® became a big supporter of horticulture research and education. We started looking for opportunities to aid these programs and discovered that as LEDs are becoming the future of indoor horticulture, more and more universities are incorporating them into their research.

We have now partnered with numerous universities to support their initiatives involving LED grow lights. VOLT Grow® LED grow lights are being used in controlled environment research studies across the country, ranging from indoor horticulture to plant science to aquaculture. We are honored and proud that these reputable universities and industry experts trust VOLT Grow® to be a part of their breakthrough research and be acknowledged as some of the best grow lights on the market.

VOLT Grow College Partners


University of Florida

Department of Environmental Horticulture

Professor Wagner Vendrame and his team of Ph.D. students, interns, and biologists are using VOLT Grow®’s VL-1 lights in research projects involving the micropropagation and biotechnology of ornamentals, in addition to hemp and medicinal plants. This fall, he will feature the VL-1 in lecture and laboratory sessions as he teaches about light quality and intensity for growing plants in vitro.

University of Florida

“The VOLT Grow® VL-1 lights have been very useful for our research programs. The system is compact and allows adjustment of light intensity, giving us the flexibility to adjust light levels according to the species being grown. The VL-1 has been very effective with hemp in vitro cultures. The lights perform very well, are of very high quality compared to other LED lights in the market, and are easy to install and use.”   – Dr. Wagner Vendrame


Cornell University

Controlled Environment Agriculture Program

Associate Professor Neil Mattson and Research Specialist Nicholas Kaczmar of the School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture uses VOLT Grow®’s FL-1 lights for the optimization of light quality and quantity for greenhouse crops. The central theme of Mattson’s research program is to understand the influence of environmental factors and cultural practices on the physiology, development, and biochemical characteristics of greenhouse crops.


Virginia Tech

School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Professor Bingyu Zhao and graduate student Kunru Wang are using VOLT® Grow’s FL-1 lights to test the growth of Nicotiana benthamiana plants (a wild relative of tobacco plants) under LED lights. Zhao has an ongoing project manipulating LEDs to help improve plant health and production under a controlled environment.


University of Georgia

College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Professor Marc W. van Iersel uses VOLT Grow®’s VL-1 lights in his horticultural physiology research with his main research interests including photosynthesis, LED lighting, and the optimization of controlled environment agriculture.


Texas A&M University

Department of Horticultural Sciences

Shuyang Zhen, an Assistant Professor of Controlled Environment Horticulture, is using VOLT Grow®’s VL-1 lights to grow plant materials, such as lettuce and basil, for indoor teaching demonstrations. Her research focus and interests include photosynthesis and crop yield, plant nutrition, hydroponics, and the selection of crops with improved performance in greenhouses and indoor vertical farms.

VOLT Grow Customer

“The VL-1 grow lights have high outputs and are dimmable. I particularly like the adjustable angle of the two light panels, helps with getting more uniform light over the grow area.”    – Shuyang Zhen


Auburn University

College of Agriculture

Associate Professor of Horticulture, Daniel E. Wells, uses VOLT Grow®’s VL-1 lights in his research program focusing on improving controlled environment agriculture in the southeast. Specific topics of interest include plant nutrition in hydroponic and aquaponic systems, temperature optimization in controlled environments, improved production techniques for greenhouses, and indoor farms.


University of Arizona, Tuscon

School of Plant Sciences

Associate Professor Ravi Palanivelu is using VOLT Grow®’s VL-1 lights in his walk-in plant growth room where he is researching how to generate heat-tolerant tomatoes to improve their reproduction under heat stress.


College of DuPage

Horticulture Department

VL-1s are being used in the Horticulture Department Greenhouse for Hydroponics courses to grow vegetables. These vegetables are for the COD Fuel Pantry, which supports both students and staff who face food insecurity. VOLT Grow® is proud to not only support horticulture research but people in need of food supply.


Kishwaukee College

Kishwaukee College

Horticulture Program

Kishwaukee College’s Horticulture Program allows for students to specialize in a greenhouse, sustainable horticulture, landscape design & nursery, and floral design. They are using our LED grow lights for plants in the College’s greenhouse and hydroponics growing. Kishwaukee started offering a certificate in cannabis and hemp cultivation in Fall 2021, so our VL-1 will also be used as LED grow lights for cannabis.


Wake Forest

Center for Molecular Signaling

Gloria Muday, the Director for Molecular Signaling, is using our grow lights for tomatoes to control the growth conditions. She was so satisfied with the VL-1’s performance and decided to purchase additional LED grow lights for more projects.


University of Delaware

Department of Plant & Soil Sciences 

Dr. William (Qingwu) Meng is a professor of Controlled-Environment Horticulture who runs the Delaware Indoor Ag Lab (DIAL), specializing in the production of specialty food crops like herbs, fruits, and leafy greens. He monitors physiological responses in controlled environments like the Fischer Greenhouse, where VOLT Grow® donated 20 VL-1 grow lights to improve the growth and quality of indoor plants.

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SUNY Cobleskill

Plant Science Department

The SUNY Cobleskill Greenhouse produces hydroponic vegetables using grow lights for lettuce, tomatoes, succulents, Christmas poinsettias, and more. Currently, VL-1s are hungover benching used in semi-rotation for forages, hemp, turf research, and stock crops. Also, an honors student uses the grow light in an aquaponics project.


University of Arkansas

Department of Horticulture

VOLT Grow® gave a research donation to support Dr. Aingong Shi’s lab and horticulture projects. He focuses on plant breeding and genetics in vegetable crops like tomatoes, spinach, and arugula.


Brigham Young University

Life Science Greenhouse

Matt Arrington, Greenhouse Director, uses the VL-1s as supplemental greenhouse lighting in the hydroponic learning lab. Horticulture students test different lighting for efficiency and yield trials in controlled environment spaces.