Lark Wuetcher, senior horticulture major, studies hydroponic lettuce in the greenhouse at the UK Horticulture Research Farm.

Producing vegetable transplants — small starter plants for growers to begin gardens with — is a “budding” industry in Kentucky.

Lark Wuetcher, senior horticulture major in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is helping Kentuckians address potential industry issues by studying the optimal lighting conditions needed to keep transplants in the Bluegrass healthy and high quality.