The Influence of Colour on Radiometric Performances of Agricultural Nets

S. Castellano, S. Hemming, G. Russo

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    The whole construction parameters of the net, combined with the shape of the structure, the position of the sun and the sky conditions affect the radiometric performance of the permeable covering system. The radiometric properties of the permeable membrane influence the quality of the agricultural production and the aesthetic characteristics of the netting system. Moreover, the colour of the material and the light reflection- especially of the wavelengths visible for the human eye (VIS, 380-760nm)- is an interesting criterion to determine the aesthetic value of the net structure and its environmental impact. In order to investigate the influence of the threads colour on the radiometric properties of the net, a set of field tests were performed by means of a spectroradiometer in combination with an experimental setup 120x120x50cm covered with membranes formed by threads with different colour. A second set of experiments were performed, on the same kind of nets, in laboratory by means of a combination of a large integrating sphere and a small one: the transmissivity from a direct (tauDIR) and diffuse ((tauDIF) source and the reflectivity from diffuse source (¿) of 50x50cm samples were measured in the PAR range. The evaluation of the transmissivity values shows that the colour of a net influence spectral distribution of the radiation passing through the net absorbing their complementary colours. The transmissivity of black nets is almost constant in the visible range and the reduction of the incoming radiation is proportional to the solidity of the net. In the PAR range transparent and black nets doesn¿t cause an alteration of the spectrum of solar radiation and transmittance is almost constant with a slight growth in nets having lower porosity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227-236
    JournalActa Horticulturae
    Issue number801
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • HDPE nets
    • Permeable coverings
    • Radiometric properties
    • Spectral light transmittance


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