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US (MA): school teams up with eatery for student-grown produce

When it comes to finding fresh, locally sourced food, you're likely familiar with the farm-to-table concept. But what about school-to-table? Green thumbs at Holy Trinity School are getting their hands dirty growing leafy greens for the city school's blossoming hydroponics program. They reap the rewards…

Jewel orchid’s biological and physiological response to aquaponic water as potential fertilizer

Ludisia discolor is commonly known as a jewel orchid due to its variegated leaves. Easy maintenance of the orchid allows it to be used as a test system for various fertilizers and nutrient sources, including aquaponic water (AW). First, we applied DNA barcoding to assess the taxonomic identity of this…

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Vertical farm wins price at university's start-up competition

From new flight technology for uncrewed aircraft systems to an innovation in vertical farming, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s 8th annual TREP Expo spotlighted the top business ideas of 30 student-run startups. “It was the biggest TREP Expo ever, with 30 student-led startup ideas and 78…

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Robert Colangelo on the right size for a vertical farm

Last year, venture capitalist companies invested $51.7 billion in Ag Tech, but what exactly is Ag Tech? Ag Tech is technology-focused agriculture that is meant to increase existing efficiency processes in agriculture and sustainability, which includes everything from aquaculture to new crops/genetics to…

Sensor selection and hydroponic saffron cultivation

IoT and sensors play an important role in optimizing the artificial cultivation of crops. The selection of sensors is important in order to ensure better quality and yield in an automated artificial environment. There are many challenges involved in selecting sensors due to the highly competitive market.…

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CAN (AB): High school to receive container farm to expand portfolio

Oilfields High School aims to grow produce year-round. With the donation of a 40-foot sea can from a community member, the school hopes to start work on its vertical greenhouse by spring. The sea can is equipped with a water containment system, lighting, and shelving but will need some work to set up…

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Canada: Can hydroponics help food insecurity in the North?

Click on the link below to hear CTV News' coverage of a Hydroponics workshop that took place in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, November 18th, 2022. You'll hear from RAIN's Horticultural Research Assistant, Lauren Moran, and Hydroponics Expert Adam Hayward as they discuss the viability of hydroponic growing…

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US: NJ nonprofit to host live fundraiser, showing vertical farm

Newark-based nonprofit “I Have A Dream” Foundation-New Jersey (IHDFNJ) will host a live fundraising event for Giving Tuesday on November 29 at the Thirteenth Avenue Elementary School. Officials say, “Giving Tuesday LIVE!” in celebration of IHDFNJ’s work in support of Thirteenth Avenue and will feature…

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Supplementing commercial media with shrimp fecal waste enhances productivity in Salicornia

The aim of this work was to evaluate the use of shrimp waste as a bioavailable source of nutrients for the growth of Salicornia europaea before and after a cavitation process and either in combination with or without commercial fertilizer. Fecal wastes were collected from the drum filter in a…

Wageningen University and Research, and LettUs Grow partner in research trials to demystify aeroponic production

Wageningen University and Research (NL) and the aeroponic technology specialists LettUs Grow (UK) are collaborating to compare ultrasonic aeroponic and hydroponic irrigation systems in side-by-side trails. The trials aim to boost the understanding of aeroponics in the available academic literature to…

Morpho-physiological and biochemical responses of hydroponically grown basil to salt stress

Depending on duration and magnitude, abiotic stresses interfere with plant metabolic processes and may severely impact developmental and qualitative attributes. In this study, in addition to characterizing three different cultivars of basil ('Anise', 'Cinnamon', and 'Lemon') grown under hydroponics,…

UK: Promoting partnerships for science and technology to help plants and people prosper

“By moving to a fully renewable electricity production scenario, vertical farming can lower its potential carbon footprint to be on par with that of open field agriculture in the UK,” says Professor Derek Stewart, director of the Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) at the James Hutton Institute. The APGC…

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Saffron production under controlled conditions

Red gold is an appellation given to the red stigma of saffron due to the importance and high value of this plant. This plant is not only the most expensive spice in the world but also very effective in modern medicine for the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer's, liver disease, and, most…

US (KS): Two local farms team up to bring organic farming to high schools

Leafy Green Farms and Community Green Farms are joining together to bring vertical hydroponic farms to 10 high schools in Southeast Kansas. “We hope that by working through the schools, we can help achieve our goal of moving the nutritional needle and fulfill the objective that access to quality food…

Examining the reality of vertically-farmed commodities

Learn about how educators are utilizing hydroponic farms in classrooms from experts including Harrison Hillier (Board Member, NYC Agriculture Collective), Manuela Zamora (Executive Director, NY Sunworks), Samantha Johnson (Director of Agworks, Commonwealth Charter Academy), Stephen Ritz (Educator, Green…

Qatar: Vegetable research project marks success with first harvest

Qatar University (QU) and its partners Chiyoda Corporation and Chiyoda Almana Engineering have successfully completed a hydroponic Vegetable Factory project with the first harvest, it was announced Monday. It was in July 2019 that QU's Office of Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, with…

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A fungus growing naturally on roots is found to detoxify mercury in soil and water

Metallic mercury is fairly toxic already, but when it gets into the environment, bacteria that live in oxygen-free environments like sediment convert it to methylmercury, which increases its toxicity to animals, including people. As researchers at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) and the University…

NL: Jochem Evers appointed professor of Crop Physiology

The Executive Board has appointed Jochem Evers as professor and chairholder of Crop Physiology in the Plant Sciences Group at Wageningen University & Research (WUR). The appointment is effective from 1 November, and Evers will be succeeding Paul Struik. Jochem Evers was born in 1977 and studied biology…

Vertical Future completes research aimed at rediscovering forgotten flavors

Vertical Future has successfully completed research to develop a new way to deliver sustainable fresh produce with zero agrichemical inputs. The Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Heirloom Optimisation & Pathogen Control for Seeds (CHOPS) was led by Vertical Future alongside NIAB and Zayndu Ltd.…

US (KY): University expands its menu using a new tool bringing fresh food to campus

The University of Louisville Dining has started something new, expanding its menu and sustainability with a new tool bringing fresh food to campus. Since October, the university started growing its own food in a greenhouse kept in one of its dining halls and began harvesting last week. Louie's Greenhouse…

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Plant roots change shape and branch out for water

Researchers have discovered how plant roots adapt their shape to maximize their uptake of water, pausing branching when they lose contact with water and only resuming once they reconnect with moisture, ensuring they can survive even in the driest conditions. Plant scientists from the University of…

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First case of microbial biocontrol agents isolated from aquaponics

A recent study using high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies highlighted that microbial communities from an aquaponic system could control one of the most problematic pathogens in soilless lettuce culture, namely, Pythium aphanidermatum. Therefore, this study aims at isolating the microorganisms…

US (KS): Farm-to-School initiative enters phase one in Pittsburg

Phase one of a $10 million “Farm-to-School” initiative program begins in Pittsburg. Community Green Farms is partnering with Leafy Green Farms to provide ten hydroponic farms to ten schools in southeast Kansas. Typically, food travels 1,500 miles from a farm to your plate. But Leafy Green Farms is known…

US (TX): Irrigation design workshops set December 13-15 in College Station

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s School of Irrigation within the Texas A&M Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering will offer two different in-person courses in December. Both will focus on irrigation design using computer-aided design and CAD software. The first course, the…

Punjab agricultural university gets patent on hybrid hydroponic technology

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana has succeeded in getting the national patent by developing indigenous hybrid hydroponics technology, the first “swadeshi technology in soilless farming in India,” the university said in a statement. “In a communication received from the patent office,…

University of Arizona deploys container farm for R&D purposes

Students and scientists at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona, are working on a solution: a container farm that can grow as much produce as more than an acre of land. “Kale, basil, arugula, bok choy, you name it, we’ve probably got it going,” said Jordan Collins, a UA graduate…

Wastewater could help create an oasis in the food desert

New techniques for growing food would produce fresh vegetables in dense urban areas while leaving a lighter carbon footprint and using less water, energy, and land than traditional farming methods, according to researchers from Clemson University and South Korea's Gyeongsang National University. The…

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NY Sun Works opens new hydroponic farm classroom

NY Sun Works, a not-for-profit organization that builds hydroponic classrooms in city schools, just celebrated the opening of a new hydroponic farm classroom at PS 135, The Sheldon A. Brookner School in East Flatbush. NY Sun Works Executive Director Manuela Zamora hosted the celebration with a…

Potential use of entomopathogenic and mycoparasitic fungi against powdery mildew in aquaponics

Aquaponics has the potential to produce sustainable and accessible quality food through the integration of hydroponics and aquaculture. Plants take up dissolved nutrients in fish wastewater, allowing water reuse for fish. However, the simultaneous presence of fish and plants in the same water loop has…

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Let's talk about vertical farming

During this podcast, recorded on 9 November, speakers were Leone Magliocchetti Lombi, who is the lead technical specialist at Les Jardins Suspendus, a vertical farm in Djibouti, and Sergej Lugovic, founder of Vesela Motika.

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Short course: on vertical farming systems

HortAmericas is organizing a new short course on vertical farming.  From hydroponic growing system selection, use of artificial lighting and environmental control of all key variables…

Infarm demonstrates potential of indoor-grown wheat

Vertical farming company Infarm and co-host of the Food Systems Pavilion at COP 27 has successfully produced wheat in an indoor farm. Infarm aims to be the first vertical farming company to tackle staple crop production in a controlled environment. The first trials demonstrated exceptional results,…

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£1.5m crop research centre opens at University of Warwick

A facility using gene-editing technology to improve quality, resilience and sustainability of vegetable crops has opened at the University of Warwick. The Elizabeth Creak Horticultural Technology Centre (ECHTC), which also contains The Jim Brewster Laboratory, is a £1.5 million facility which will use…

Vertical Future partners with research center to grow space food expertise

The Australian Research Council  (ARC) Centre for Excellence in Plants for Space (P4S) will help to establish a long-term human presence in space, while also developing innovations…

Evaluation of the different LED irradiators when growing red mustard

This research studied the optimization of light spectrum and intensity used for red mustard growing. Notably, most of the studies devoted to red mustard growing were conducted on micro-greens, which is not enough for the development of methods and recommendations for making the right choices about the…

What will it take to grow food on Mars?

From sci-fi novels to research reality, Anca Delgado says her newest project could change the course of space exploration by human astronauts. Delgado, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools…

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Light use in the plant factory: changes in chlorphyll fluorescence and gas exchange parameters of two lettuce cultivars

Artificial light source is one of the most important factors for high quality and quantity vegetable production in plant factory. With the aim of investigating the role of light spectra on chlorophyll fluorescence, photosynthesis, and stomata parameters in lettuce plants grown in a plant factory, a…

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is now home to two hydroponic ‘micro farms’

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UW-Eau Claire) has recently unveiled a new hydroponic garden system. The “micro-farms” seek to increase sustainable food sourcing and provide students with access to fresh produce on campus. The two hydroponic micro-farms are enclosed vertical growing towers that…

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'Vertical farms must trim costs to achieve profitability'

A recently published research composed by lead economists Tanner Ehmke and Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg at CoBank highlights the urge for vertical farms to decrease Operation Expenses to become more profitable.  Although growing food indoors is not new, investment in growing crops indoors in vertically stacked…

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A systematic scoping review of the sustainability of vertical farming

Food system technologies (FSTs) are being developed to accelerate the transformation towards sustainable food systems. A group of researchers conducted a systematic scoping review that accounts for multiple dimensions of sustainability to describe the extent, range, and nature of peer-reviewed literature…

Australia: Plants in space research get funding boost

The University of Western Australia is one of five Australian universities to receive a $90 million funding boost to create food and medicines for space explorers. The Australian Government is providing $35 million for the new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space, led by…

UK: Collaboration on exploring the best practices in vertical farming

UK players from the world of CEA have come together to explore best practice in vertical farming to help accelerate the development of the industry in a sustainable way.  The collaboration centered around the Innovate UK-funded INFINiTE project (Integrated Farming Technology), which focused on optimizing technology…

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Students host open house to showcase benefits of hydroponic growing

University of Nebraska–Lincoln students in the Horticulture 307 Hydroponics for Growing Populations class, taught by Stacy Adams, are exploring different water culture approaches to plant production, specifically food crops. Students will demonstrate hydroponic systems during an open house on November 17…

University of Guelph to showcase the "future of food" at agricultural winter fair

What does the future of food look like?   The University of Guelph will help answer that question and more as it takes part in the 100th anniversary of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair…

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US (AK): Angoon school hopes to increase village’s food sovereignty

Green might surround the remote Southeast Alaska village of Angoon, but inside its only grocery store, that’s scarcely the case. According to data from Feeding America, a nationwide nonprofit that works to address food insecurity, it’s estimated that 22.8% of the child population in the Hoonah-Angoon…

US (CT): Hartford community garden utilizing hydroponic farming

A community garden in Hartford is taking a new approach to growing produce. Levo International’s Burgdorf Community Garden uses hydroponics — a method of growing plants without soil. The use of hydroponics is helping pioneer a new approach to the local food system in Hartford. “We need to be investing in…

Breakthrough within vertical farming: growing 30 different crops in a 4-layer cultivation system

Wessel van Paassen from Green Simplicity proudly shows visitors his latest showroom. It is not in its location Andijk, but 35 km away in Heerhugowaard. At the Iribov branch. There, director-owner Eloy Boon still had some space left to start a special experiment. Three-quarters of a year later, there is a…

US (IL): Holy Cross School celebrates first aquaponics harvest

Holy Cross School students recently celebrated a successful first harvest, but indoors. It’s all thanks to their Aquaponics Towers, which they’ve had installed since March of this year thanks to Sky-High Aquaponics and CEO Dick Tryon. Then, a second tower was gifted by the Eric Meyer family, who owns…

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Indoor vegetable production: an alternative approach to increasing cultivation

As the world’s population is increasing exponentially, human diets have changed to less healthy foods resulting in detrimental health complications. Increasing vegetable intake by both rural and urban dwellers can help address this issue. However, these communities often face the challenge of limited…

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US (NV): Elementary students to sell school-grown vegetables at Henderson Famers Market

Students from McCaw Steam Academy are set to sell school-grown vegetables at the Henderson Farmers Market on October 27. Student-grown produce will be available for purchase in the form of vegetables, fruit, and herbs. The produce was grown via hydroponic gardens, and money earned from the farmers market…

LettUs Grow trial growing Nicotiana benthamiana with aeroponics

In this proof of concept trial, LettUs Grow's research scientists explored growing Nicotiana benthamiana on the aeroponic farm. Nicotiana benthamiana is a plant widely used as a model organism in research, including for plant pathology and pharmaceutical research. This area of biotechnology research…

New York State Agriculture Department announces statewide study of urban agriculture

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets today announced that it is undertaking a statewide study of urban agriculture to better understand the industry and…

Urban Crop Solutions and Rudi Pauwels establish research center in Spain

Urban Crop Solutions (UCS) and Dr. Rudi Pauwels will set up a research center on indoor farming applications in southern Spain. Research at the center will focus on the impact of climate change on crops in Southern Europe while working on optimizing the nutrient content. For UCS, this new research center…

How can we design a fully circular food system for Amsterdam by 2050?

In the Connected Circularity program, four research teams - within 4 Flagship projects - from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have been working on HOW to shape the transition to a circular bioeconomy. That is a society in which organic material forms the basis of our food system and in which no…

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Effect of UV LED intensity on the growth of red lettuce in hydroponics

Microclimate control is increasingly widespread in limited agricultural environments. This is especially important for the cultivation of plants that tolerate significantly different thermal and hygrometric conditions. Nevertheless, there is much to be done in automation and control technology in this…

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Jakarta distributes hydroponic racks to aid urban farming in schools

The Jakarta Food Security, Marine, and Agriculture (KPKP) Office distributed hydroponic racks to facilitate urban farming in several Islamic boarding schools under the framework of National Santri Day 2022. "In meeting food needs, urban farming activities are one of the solutions that need to be pursued…

St. Kitts and Nevis attends advancing aquaponics through business plan development workshop

More than a dozen aquaponics farmers in St. Kitts and Nevis are participating in the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “Advancing Aquaponics through Business Plan Development in the Eastern Caribbean” workshop, which launched on Monday. Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Marine Resources, and…

Quezon City's urban farmers help fight climate change

Quezon City's vision, for the next eight years at least, will focus on addressing poverty, food security, and environmental crisis. The city will bank on its "Grow QC" and "Joy of Urban Farming" projects, part of a collective and multi-sectoral food security initiative that addresses food inefficiency…

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Jamaica: $22.75 million support for agriculture at Vere Technical High School

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pearnel Charles Jr, has announced a program of assistance totaling $22.75 million to develop the agriculture program at Vere Technical High School. He was speaking at a World Food Day event on the school’s compound in Clarendon on Thursday, October 20th. Minister…

Open vertical farms: a plausible system in increasing tomato yield and natural suppression of whiteflies

This study evaluated the effectiveness of open vertical farming in increasing tomato yield and also recruiting the presence of ecological service providers in the control of whiteflies. The experiment compared the horizontal farming approach to novel outdoor vertical farm design. Using both raised and…

Crop growth monitoring system in vertical farms based on region-of-interest prediction

Recently, artificial intelligence has been introduced for use in vertical farms to boost crop yields, and crop growth monitoring is an essential example of the type of automation necessary to manage a vertical farm system. Region of interest predictions are generally used to find crop regions from the…

Farm to School tour at Hoover High School in San Diego highlights culinary academy

CDFA California Farm to School Program staff joined California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and local officials to tour Hoover High School in San Diego Unified School District earlier this week to see farm to school in action during Farm to School Month. The group toured the school’s garden and…

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Growing strawberries year-round in Canada? A Waterloo team is working on it

Flavourful Canadian strawberries that can be grown year-round – that’s the goal a team, including University of Waterloo scientists, are working toward. It will see Waterloo researchers collaborate with colleagues at the University of McGill and Vertité, a hydroponic strawberry grower in Montreal, to…

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Continuous lighting for improved microgreen production

The Harrow Research and Development Centre, located in Harrow, Ontario, Canada, is a part of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s network of research facilities. It is the largest greenhouse research facility in North America. Recently, Dr. Xiuming Hao and Dr. Jason Lanoue have turned their interest towards…

US (NC): Durham College, Region launch Barrett Centre urban farm in Ajax

An urban farm with its roots in Durham College’s Whitby campus has found a new – albeit temporary – home in Ajax. The school, in partnership with Invest Durham (the Region’s Economic Development and tourism division), broke ground on the new location for the Barrett Centre of Innovation in Sustainable…

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Webinar: what’s needed to solve agriculture challenges in the MENA region?

Scarce arable land and limited water have proven increasingly detrimental to food production in the MENA region. As a result of the inadequate supply of productive land and usable water, many MENA countries have become heavily dependent on imported agricultural products. Given the limited agricultural…

Germination and seedling establishment for hydroponics: the benefit of slant boards

Germination and seedling establishment for transplanting into hydroponics often use porous substrates, but fine roots grow into these substrates, and they cannot be removed without damaging these roots. Seedlings transplanted without the removal of substrates can cause interactions with solution…

NL: How vertical farming compares to more established farming systems?

"Have you ever wondered how vertical farming compares to other more established farming systems, such as greenhouse horticulture or open-field farming, in terms of carbon emissions? Alongside Tess Blom and Andy van den Dobbelsteen at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, and…

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Macronutrient cycling in hydroponic lettuce cultivation

In order to address issues of limited resources and contamination by fertilizers, nutrient solutions may be reused in hydroponics as an alternative to their disposal in the environment. This work evaluated the feasibility of nutrient replacement for the nutrient solutions reused during lettuce hydroponic…

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The feasibility research on reusing high salinity wastewater as a plant nutrient medium

Reusing wastewater is a key problem in a controlled ecological life support system (CELSS). In this study, the feasibility of reusing the treated wastewater (including sanitary wastewater and urine wastewater) as a plant hydroponic medium was verified. Two salt-tolerant plants, apium graveolens Linn…

USDA to double CEA research center footprint with AmplifiedAg labs

AmplifiedAg, an agricultural technology company focused on the CEA category, announces the awarding of a new contract by the USDA Agricultural Research Service to supply additional integrated vertical farming research labs to support the agency's CEA research initiatives. The additional labs effectively…

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Upcoming plant experiments on the International Space Station

Did you watch SpaceX and NASA launch Crew-5 to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, the 5th of October? Bryan Onate made a brief appearance to talk about the plant experiments that will be happening on the ISS soon.  First up is Plant Habitat-03 (PH-03), an experiment growing the model plant…

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Aeroponic potatoes: The effects of cultivar and plant origin on minituber production

Aeroponics is a modern and soilless technology that is used for the efficient production of pre-basic seed potatoes, namely minitubers. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the cultivar and type of planting material on the production of minitubers in the aeroponic facility in Guča, Serbia, at…

US (SC): High School uses hydroponics as part of agriculture internship program

It took a student to plant a seed to flower a need for innovation.Five years ago, Boiling Springs High School didn’t offer an agriculture internship. The program is thriving with four hydroponic vertical garden systems producing a harvest of herbs, lettuce and other vegetables. “We grow everything in the…

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Finland: Aalto University installs its first Farm-to-Kitchen system

Only three meters away, making its function rather applicable: a farm-to-kitchen system. This is how far fresh herbs and salads have to travel at the restaurant Factory on the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Finland. The Finnish startup agtech, Arctic Farming supplied the automated system to the…

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AU: School grants open doors to opportunities in agriculture

The Palaszczuk Government has awarded almost $200,000 to schools for projects that support agribusiness studies and prepare students for good jobs in the career pathways for students. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said 42…

Physical and chemical characteristics impacting hydroponic strawberry production

Learn about the key factors at the root zone level in strawberries impacting yield and quality. Strawberries are a high-value crop recognized for their flavor, color, and nutrient content. However, growing strawberries can be a challenge. The following information provides the essentials that should be…

US (AR): Center of Excellence in Aquaculture receives $109k grant for aquaponic research

Dr. Nicholas Romano, Extension specialist and interim director of the Center of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), has received a $109,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to conduct aquaponic…

HAS University launches 4-day course on 'Managing a vertical farm'

HAS University has launched a course on 'Managing a vertical farm' which is an intensive course where students will be immersed in the world of indoor farming. The course…

US (OH): Youngstown City Schools received $10k grant to purchase growing towers

Youngstown City Schools have received a grant to purchase new Fork Farms Flex Farms to grow lettuce and serve city schools.  "We are pleased to announce that the YCSD Food Service Department was awarded a $10,000 grant from William Swanston Charitable Fund, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of…

Organic seaweed to lead the blue food revolution?

In this series on seaweed called 'seaweed around the clock,'  five panelists from the US, Tunisia, and the UK, discuss organic seaweed. 

Oman: researchers succeed in farming Asian seabass and cherry tomatoes in aquaponics system

Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) succeeded in farming and producing Asian seabass (barramundi) and cherry tomatoes through an aquaponics system. Dr. Wenresti Gallardo, Associate Professor at the Department of Marine Sciences and Fisheries in the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, tested more…

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US (OH): Schools get grant for portable farms

The Youngstown City School District Food Service Department was awarded a $10,000 grant from the William Swanston Charitable Fund to purchase two Fork Farms Flex Farms to produce lettuce. “The district sincerely thanks the William Swanston Charitable Fund and the Community Foundation of the Mahoning…

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Agriculture conference headed for Danville

A new conference for the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry will debut on October 25 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville. One…

Indoor farm automation: lessons learned from autonomous greenhouse challenges

This presentation, 'Indoor Farm Automation: Lessons learned from the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenges,' was given by Dr. Ken Tran (Koidra Inc.) during our 44th café forum on September 20th, 2022. Indoor Ag Science Café is organized by the OptimIA project team and funded by a USDA SCRI grant.

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Wageningen University organizes course on Postharvest Technology

Are you looking for an update on the latest technologies for storage, packaging, and handling of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and potted plants? Would you like to broaden and deepen your knowledge of postharvest physiology, ripening, and deterioration? Then this course is something for you. One-third of…

US (CT): School partners with local farms to offer healthier options

With childhood obesity, a growing problem in the United States, Milford School District is taking steps to help students eat healthier meals by partnering with local farms to obtain fresh produce and other products. The latest partnership is with 302 Aquaponics, who will provide fresh lettuce greens for…

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Electricity in the air: A science teacher's hands-on study in hydroponics

A hint of pepper contrasts with the sweet smell of greenhouse morning dew in Michael Thomas's seventh-grade science class, and there is electricity in the air only excited kids and UV lights can produce. A curious green ring encircles tables, where 20 young students are seated, talking about, of all…

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Virus discovered in world’s most widely used research plant

A previously unknown virus has been found to occur worldwide in the most widely studied plant species, thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana). The presence of the virus, which was discovered by researchers at Utrecht University and Wageningen University & Research, potentially has far-reaching implications…

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Trinidad and Tobago: Police offer hydroponics training for migrants and locals

A number of Venezuelan migrants were among a group of 37 participants who graduated after completing a Sustainable Hydroponics Agricultural Program for Young Entrepreneurs on Friday, the 23rd of September. The program, initially a venture of the various police youth clubs, was expanded with funding from…

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Effects of hydroponic barley fodder on the performance of chicken

A study was conducted to disclose the impact of adding different levels of hydroponic barley fodder (HBF) on some productive features of the economic value of broiler chickens. One hundred forty-four one-day-old Ross 308 chicks were used in this study. Birds were randomly distributed into four…

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Will vertical farming provide food security for Southern Africa?

Southern Africa is a collection of ten countries in which 120 million people live. Greater than 45% of the population lives in extreme poverty on less than US$1.90 per day. On average, only 9% of the land in SA is arable. Much of SA is semi-desert. People living on non-arable land are seldom able to…

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Sustainability assessment of FLOCponics compared to stand-alone hydroponic and biofloc systems

FLOCponics is an intensive integrated agri-aquaculture system that combines biofloc-based aquaculture with hydroponics. Since research on FLOCponics is in its early stage of development, and many aspects of this system still need to be explored, the objective of this study was to assess and discuss the…

Create the basics now

The xFactory is a polyponics research module. In one square meter of floor space, growing conditions can be studied in a controllable environment for each crop. Each crop is different, each crop needs its own growing conditions, and each crop needs specific light and irrigation cycles. To find the right parameters for the…

Australia: Scholarship opportunities for two PhD students in Queensland

"The PhDs will be part of my growing team of vertical farming researchers at the University of Queensland. My team is mostly interested in developing solutions and understanding how to grow the crops of the future at scale," says Paul Gauthier, Professor of Protected Cropping at the Queensland Alliance…

Aquaponic research at Purdue University

Researching Marine Aquaponics at Purdue University may just be the key to the future of food.

Alfalfa may be the first crop to grow on Mars

Growing plants on Mars will look considerably different from gardening here on Earth. For starters, the lack of an atmosphere and constant radiation will mean they’ll have to be grown indoors in a protected environment. We’ll probably need to use artificial lighting, but could Mars provide soil and…

Using human hair to create hydroponic growing media

The clumps of discarded hair on the salon floor could one day help to grow your lunchtime salad, thanks to scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), who have created the growth medium used in urban farming using keratin extracted from human hair. The keratin-based…

Urban Crop Solutions and Belgian school launch training scheme

Urban Crop Solutions (UCS) and the Provincial Technical Institute (PTI) in the Belgian city of Kortrijk have agreed on a collaboration whereby an indoor farm supplied by UCS will be used for training purposes by PTI Kortrijk to train students with the skills required to become indoor farmers. It is…

From coffee grounds to oyster mushroom

Wageningen Campus was the scene of #foodwastefree over this past week. Foodwaste-free demonstrations, menus, and products were offered to raise awareness of the urgency of waste reduction. Food waste-free is on the menu literally and figuratively, not just this week but continuously. For example, oyster…

US (GA): Profile Products to invest $35M in campus

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Profile Products will invest nearly $35 million to launch a campus in Jasper County, creating 80 new jobs. “Since day one, my…

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Trinidad and Tobago: $100k grant committed to build agro-preneurs among youth

The La Brea Police Youth Club is committed to build agro-preneurs among the youth in their community. The south-based group recently received $100,000 from the Digicel Foundation to implement an agricultural project to prepare youth for opportunities to generate an income through growing their own food.…

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South Korea: Research center succeeds in vertical cultivation method for watermelons

A state-run agricultural research center in South Korea has vertically cultivated watermelon, a prostrate vegetable that grows horizontally, allowing vines to crawl on the ground, using supports and ropes to raise vines upward. Vertical growing allows farmers to effectively prevent pests as it is…

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Life cycle assessment of Hermetia illucens meal inclusion in diets for trout reared in aquaponics

This study analyzed the effect on global warming potential (life cycle assessment method, LCA) of the inclusion of a partially defatted Hermetia illucens larvae meal (HI) in diets for rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) reared in a low-tech aquaponic system. Three inclusion levels were tested: 0%, 6% and…

"Less food waste does make a difference"

One out of every three kilograms of food in the world is wasted. "Hence, preventing food waste is equally important for the climate as reducing the consumption of meat," says Toine Timmermans, program manager of sustainable food chains at WUR. Timmermans' eye was drawn to a remarkable quote on reducing…

A multi-discipline approach to controlled environment agriculture

Plant biology for indoor vertical farming

Applications are open to submit your next #plantscience paper on vertical farming, CEA, indoor farming, or protected cropping to the special issue "Plant Biology for Indoor Vertical Farming: A Multi-Discipline Approach to Controlled Environment Agriculture" in Frontiers in Plant Science.Abstract…

The future of indoor ag and education

Indoor agriculture and education are gradually becoming intertwined as growers and industry experts team up with school systems and educators to share the ins and outs of the industry with the next generation. Schools, universities, and private programs are bringing indoor ag to the forefront through…

Researchers propose new framework for regulating engineered crops

A Policy Forum article published this week in Science calls for a new approach to regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops, arguing that current approaches for triggering safety testing vary dramatically among countries and generally lack scientific merit – particularly as advances in crop breeding…

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Melbourne school replaces canteen vending machine with student-run vertical farm

As part of an education program, students in Melbourne are learning how to grow their own edible plants on an urban farm that has replaced the canteen’s vending machine. The program, run by social enterprise Farmwall, is designed to teach youth about sustainable urban farming as a method of mitigating…

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Assessing the financial risk for vertical farms

New research has been diving into the financials of a vertical farm by assessing the risks using imprecise probability. As stated in the paper, "Practitioners and academics call for a comprehensive economic analysis of vertical farming." Researchers Francis J. Baumont de Oliveira, Scott Ferson, Ronald A.…

Farming innovation grows deeper roots at KPU

Canada: $6.5 million CAD dedicated to boost agtech

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) experts are lending their expertise to a new initiative focused on improving food security in B.C. and around the world. The B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation will bring together academia, government, and industry partners to create more productive, diverse, and…

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Growing more than greens: educating the community at local farm

Matthew Schinsing first noticed the Gyo Greens farm when he attended a nearby middle school, driving past it every day. When he entered a research-based science class at Episcopal High School years later, Schinsing had a reason to visit: his interest in research and sustainable agriculture. His friend,…

Research team reveals a ‘blueprint’ for photosynthesis

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU), UC Berkeley, the University of Southern Bohemia, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have helped reveal the most detailed picture to date of important biological “antennae.” Nature has evolved these structures to harness the sun’s…

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Israeli researchers develop proteins from seaweed

Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute in Haifa have developed a technology that enables the growth of "enriched seaweed" infused with nutrients, proteins, dietary fiber, and minerals for human and animal needs. According to the researchers,…

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How light and temperature work together to affect plant growth

Plants lengthen and bend to secure access to sunlight. Despite observing this phenomenon for centuries, scientists do not fully understand it. Now, Salk scientists have discovered that two plant factors – the protein PIF7 and the growth hormone auxin – are the triggers that accelerate growth when plants…


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