Speed Breeding Techniques: Revolutionizing Agriculture in UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi...

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Speed Breeding

Precision Spectrum for speed breeding

Opportunity and Challenges

Classical plant breeding uses deliberate interbreeding (crossing) of closely or distantly related individuals to produce new crop varieties or lines with desirable properties.

Plants are crossbred to introduce traits/genes from one variety or line into a new genetic background.

Speed Breeding Plant
Speed Breeding Process


Plant breeding is a slow process.

Developing new kinds of crops with higher yield, more nutritious, drought and disease-resistant —can take a decade or more using traditional breeding techniques.

So plant breeders are working on So plant breeders are working on quickening the pace.


Speed breeding method can be used to achieve up to 5-6 generations per year with a true controlled-environment in the greenhouse or growth chamber. Lighting is one of the most important environmental factors during the growing cycle.

Speed Breeding Plant

Speed Breeding with Specialized LED Lamps Cuts Crop Growth Time by Half

1. The researchers use LED lamps to offer light to the plants for 22 hours per day and provide rich hydroponics nutrient solution to the plants.
2. The research team can grow six generations of barley, pea, and chickpea within one year.
3. They trick the crops into flowering early by blasting blue and red LED lights for 22 hours a day and keeping temperatures between 62 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Speed breeding is a powerful tool to accelerate crop research and breeding
5. The plants subjected to the speed breeding conditions progressed to the flowering stage in approximately half the time of those in the greenhouse conditions.
6. The 22-hour daily photoperiod is achieved by using LED illumination as a supplementary source of light.

Spectral measurement of light composition used for speed breeding

[X-axis values are wavelength in nanometres, Y-axis represents proportion (1 unit = 0.1 proportion)].

Suitable light spectra, particularly with regard to blue/red ratios, red/far-red ratios and the proportional level of UV light that can be introduced for the crop and trait of interest.

Innovations in phenotyping of field-grown crops can only be combined with speed breeding for traits that are stable between the target environment and the conditions used in speed

Breeding, such as long day lengths and artificial light spectra.

Right light matters

Plants have well established light sensitive receptor pathways that respond to specific quality (wavelength) of light and initiate signal cascade to initiate growth & development transcription programs. The presence of differential light receptors and genomic diversity implies that the light effect can be activator(y) or inhibitory to germination & fruiting.

We are at Nexsel, our research team has developed optimizes lighting protocols for different crops

Plants Breeding -Synergy

The ability of spectral optimization to accelerate growth of plants and faster fruiting and seed production can have an overall positive and impact on speed and success rate of plant breeding program

Nexsel’s solution

For speed breeding we have specialized grow cabinets with optimum spectrum and multi spectrum tuneable lighting with temperature and other controls. For glass housed/ polyhouse, we have developed specialized light with optimum spectrum which best for speed breeding
Alpha Smart Grow Cabinet
Grow Cabinet – for setting protocol for speed breeding
Nexsel - GHGL 180
Specialized designed light with optimum spectrum for speed breeding

5-6 cycles per year


Ball opening at 94 days


3 cycles per year


Flowering initiations at 20 days

Nexsel solution

Following crops we got good results, we are improving and making sure will get better results.

Nexsel solution

Following crops we got good results, we are improving and making sure will get better results.


5-6 cycles per year


Ball opening at 94 days


3 cycles per year


Flowering initiations at 20 days

Nexsel Speed Breeding: Basic Details
Speed Breeding: Accelerating Plant Breeding for Faster Varietal Generation

Speed breeding is an innovative technique that accelerates the generation of new plant varieties by manipulating environmental factors for rapid plant growth. By creating optimal growth conditions through extended light exposure, controlled temperature, and humidity, plants experience faster growth and shorter generation times. This technique is beneficial for crops with long breeding cycles like wheat, barley, rice, and other cereals, as well as crops with shorter breeding times. Speed breeding enables rapid selection of desirable traits such as disease resistance, improved yield, and enhanced nutrition. 

It also aids in plant genetics research and genetic modification evaluation. With its potential to expedite breeding programs, speed breeding contributes to food security, addressing challenges such as climate change and population growth through the development of improved crop varieties.

Nexsel has dedicated over 5 years to the development of speed breeding solutions. Collaborating with plant breeders and seed companies, we have successfully designed and implemented speed breeding methodologies for a wide range of crops. To support our research endeavours, we have established an in-house facility that expedites our progress.

Over the past 5 years, we have conducted speed breeding trials on more than 12 different crops,  yielding remarkable outcomes:

  • Wheat: Achieving 5 to 6 cycles per year.   
  • Cotton: Attaining boll opening at 94 days. 
  • Mustard: Facilitating 3 cycles per year.  
  • Okra: Demonstrating cycle time reduction of up to 60%.

In our quest for effective speed breeding solutions, we recognize the critical importance of the following 8 parameters: 

  1. Temperature
  2. Humidity
  3. CO2 levels
  4. Light spectrum
  5. Light intensity
  6. Lighting photoperiod
  7. Nutrient management
  8. Airflow

By meticulously managing these parameters, we optimize plant growth and development, thereby accelerating the breeding process and achieving exceptional results

Speed Breeding Lighting Solution

Light is one the crucial and important parameters on speed breeding. Light plays vital role in speed breeding. 

Speed Breeding Lighting solution is depending on following important parameters

  1. Name of plant 
  2. Growth stages of plant (Vegetable, Flowering and Fruiting) 
  3. Photoperiod of plat 
  4. Structure Design 

Nexsel has developed tailor made lighting solution for speed breeding application.

  • All in one grow light 
  • TL 400/200
  • 3 in 1 grow light 
  • GHGL 210 S

(Set ‘n’ number of spectrum combination using 1 grow light)

Brief Description

ALL-IN-ONE grow light is multi spectrum tuneable light with 6 LED Channels 

ALL-IN-ONE grow light covers extended PAR range (390 nm to 750 nm) with real time control of each spectrum. This devise is specially designed to give different spectra with adjustable intensity for research work.  

210 watts, with adjustable spectrum control, active cooling, height adjustment mechanism, IP 44

Product Features

  • Infinite spectral options                                                                                                                                                                                                              – The GHGL MSTL comes with 4 tunable LED channels at 395 nm, 450 nm, 660 nm, 735 nm, 3000 k and 5700 k                                                     – Using 6 tunable LED channels, anyone can set ‘n’ number of spectrum combination.


  • Dimming – 0 to 100% Intensity control  
  • Date Encryption                                                                                                                                                                                                                        – Translating data from plaintext (unencrypted) to ciphertext (encrypted)
  • IOT based spectrum control
  • Active cooling                                                                                                                                                                                                                           –  It has active air cooling 
  • High intensity LED chips                                                                                                                                                                                                           –  High PPE upto 3.4 µmol/J                                               


  • Horticulture Research to finetune right spectrum
  • Speed Breeding 
  • Biotech

Key Benefits and Advantages

  • We can adjust and modify spectrum for any plants
  • Control lights from anywhere
  • Data encryption gives data security
  • Select the best possible spectra for optimum plant growth 
  • Countless spectrum and intensity option
  • Remote spectrum operates

Other details

  • Product Dimensions (Length x width x height): 900 mm x 280 mm x 160 mm
  • Product Weight: 14 kg
Model – TL 400
  • TL series is designed for polyhouse application 
  • This is series is designed in such way that it avoids shadow effect of lights
Technical Details
Part No TL 400
Wattage 400 watt
Size 1214x230x173 mm
Input Voltage 80 to 270 V AC
CRI Above 70
Weight 14.7 kg
Beam Angle 60 degree
Power Factor Above 90

Brief Description:

3 in 1 grow lights: 210 watts with three adjustable spectrum-controlled light, reflector design, Active cooling, ideal for all kinds of indoor plants at all growth stages. IP 44

Key Features

  • 3 spectra in 1 light 
  • Active Cooling
  • 0 to 100% dimming provision
  • High PPE LED Chips: up to 3.4 µmol/J
  • Up to 1 meter height adjustment
  • Backed with 30 months warranty 

Key Advantages & Benefits

  • Enhanced plant growth: The 3 spectra in 1 light provide a broad spectrum of light that caters to different plant stages, resulting in faster growth and higher yields.
  • Energy efficiency: The high-efficiency LED chips with up to 3.4 µmol/J PPE offer excellent energy efficiency, consuming less power and reducing electricity bills.
  • Customizable lighting: The 0 to 100% dimming provision allows users to adjust the light intensity according to their plant’s requirements.
  • Flexible installation: The adjustable height provision (up to 1 meter) makes it easy to set up the lights at the optimal height for the plants.
  • Active cooling: Active cooling ensures that the lights stay at optimal temperature, improving their lifespan and performance.
  • Warranty: The 30-month warranty offers peace of mind to users, assuring them of the product’s quality and reliability.
  • Cost-effective: The long lifespan of the LED lights saves users from frequent replacements, reducing maintenance costs

Spectrum & Intensity Details

Nx1- Veg Spectrum 

Nx2 – Bloom Spectrum

 Nx3 – Growth Spectrum

Please note 

  • Below PPFD reading for 200 watt from 3 ft with 60 degree Lense
Speed Breeding Complete Solution

For speed breeding complete solution Nexsel has developed ‘Speed Breeding Grow Chamber’

In Speed Breeding Growth Chamber, we can control following 7 important parameters 

  1. Temperature 
  2. Humidity 
  3. Co2 
  4. Air Flow 
  5. Lighting spectrum 
  6. Light Intensity 
  7. Photoperiod

Key Technical Specifications

  • Interior dimension: 21’Lx15’Wx10’H (feet) (Available in different customized sizes)
  • Insulation 40 mm or 50 mm
  • Insulation Density: 40-42 kg/cubic meter
  • Temperature range: 15° – 45° degrees
  • Relative humidity range between 35% to 75 %
  • Temperature uniformity: ≤1° degree
  • Humidity uniformity: ± 2%RH
  • Fresh Air: 10% per hour
  • Co2 supply provision with cut off sensor
  • Real time basis control
  • Plants capacity: Upto 10,000 plants

To know more about speed breeding growth chamber please click on                                                                                                                          https://www.nexsel.tech/speed-breeding-growth-chamber-2.php

If you wish to design your speed breeding solutions then kindly share your requirement on                                                                               info@nexsel.tech 

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