Study on the effect of NaCl on basil crop yield and water use efficiency

Cascade hydroponics, the application of the circular economy concept in greenhouse hydroponic crops, may be considered as an alternative means to increase water and nutrient…

Prison certificate program to teach US inmates aquaponic skills

The Aquaponics Association developed and is implementing an aquaponics training and certificate program for prison residents. The Program has graduated its first round of participants in Texas and will expand to prisons nationwide. The team that implemented the project include Mac McLeon, Prison Officer…

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US (NY): Coney Island high school for older students to get new hydroponics lab

A new hydroponics lab and newsroom classrooms are coming to Liberation Diploma Plus High School in Coney Island. The lab and classrooms are coming courtesy of a $455,000 grant in FY22 City Council capital funding. The school, at 2865 W.19th St., is a transfer alternative school, which admits older…

NL: university of applied sciences offers course "managing a vertical farm"

“Managing a Vertical farm” is an intensive course where students will be immersed in the world of indoor farming. The course focuses on the practical side of the cultivation process, but the technological-, hygiene- and business aspects of indoor farming are also important themes in the course taught at…

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New farming school to develop talent in Singapore's agri-tech sector

When his business folded in June 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. S. Shagihan, 56, needed to seek new pastures for a living. Eight years ago, he was keen on a farming business but opted to start a venture in food and beverage automation because he felt opportunities in agriculture were limited. But…

Chinese scientists grow rice that yields twice faster in hydroponic experiment

Recently, scientists of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences cooperated with the Qianqian team of the China National Rice Research Institute to successfully achieve an important breakthrough in rice planting: the growth cycle of the crop was shortened by half.  According to the team’s chief scientist and…

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CEA experts weigh in on what makes operations successful

"Know your crop data back to front"

Chris Higgins, GM of Hort Americas and founder of Urban Ag News, has been involved with the CEA and commercial horticulture industry for 25 years. Automation and CEA in the industry have historically always been around through the use of artificial lighting and glasshouses. However, recently the level of…

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Modifying growth and pigments in carrot and dill microgreens

Microgreens are the new sophisticated commodity in horticulture that boost the human diet with bioactive metabolites and garnishes it with colors and tastes. Microgreens thrive well when cultivated in soilless systems, of which closed-loop soilless systems combined with biostimulant application can…

Internet of Things monitoring of rocket growth supplemented by LEDs lighting

In this study, the Internet of Things (IoT) was employed for monitoring the growth parameters of rocket (Eruca sativa) plants cultivated in a greenhouse under supplemental LEDs lighting. Red (R), blue (B) and the combination red and blue in different ratios (75R:25B, 50R:50B, 25R:75B), were employed, as…

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"We are developing a testbed for future space missions”

Population projections stress the need for sustainable living on our planet and on others. FII Institute announces today an investment in Interstellar Lab, a space technology company designing closed-loop biodomes for sustaining life on Earth, the moon, and Mars. FII Institute is a global non-profit…

Can cucumbers and tomatoes grow in vertical farms?

Can cucumbers and tomatoes grow in vertical farms? A key consideration is the amount of space that cucumbers and tomatoes can take up. As they grow on vines, the vertical height could mean that they take up more space than other types of plants. For that reason, iFarm wanted to find a way to grow…

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Nutrient use in vertical farming: studying hydroponic basil and lettuce

During the past few decades, vertical farming has attracted a lot of interest as an alternative food production method. Vertical farms use engineered growth environments and hydroponic cultivation techniques for growing plants indoors. One of the important factors in vertical farming for the cultivation…

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Influence of green light with red and blue LEDs on the growth, leaf structrure and quality of spinach

The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of green light, added with red and blue LEDs, on the growth, leaf microstructure and quality of spinach plants. Plants…

Growing on Mars: Soil is not the problem

If humans want to live on Mars for a longer period it will be necessary to grow their own crops there. And what is more logical than growing the crops in a greenhouse on the surface, profiting from the sunlight, as seen in many scientific designs and Sci-fi movies? However, will this be possible giving…

Study on perceptions of high-tech CEA among local food consumers

In this study, the perceptions of high-tech CEA among local food consumers are evaluated. This is done through interviews to explore sense-making and connections to good food.…

New nanosensor allows rapid plant hormones testing

A nanosensor is developed to rapidly test synthetic auxin plant hormones. Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in…

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Antarctica: Korean R&D team succeeds in growing tomatoes and watermelon

South Korea has succeeded in cultivating and harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables such as watermelons and tomatoes in Antarctica, a first since its entry into the coldest continent on earth. The Korea Polar Research Institute said Wednesday that the indoor far with they, together with the Rural…

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Study shows irregular rooting of rosemary stem cuttings causes different growing conditions

Research shows that irregular rooting of rosemary stem cuttings, causes differences in either stem maturation or responses to growth conditions, restricts uniform production. LightingHere, rooting efficiency of apical, middle, and basal cuttings from rosemary stems was evaluated by controlling light…

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US (PA): Mobile lab brings aquaponics closer to society

AgWorks at CCA created “The AquaJack” Mobile Aquaponics Lab to bring learning opportunities across the state of Pennsylvania.  AgWorks at CCA (Commonwealth Charter Academy) has a physical location at their Capital Campus in Harrisburg, PA. The AquaJack Mobile Lab is a fully functional, small-scale version…

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A review on aquaponics for improved food security in Africa

As an emerging technology, there is very limited information on aquaponics in Africa. Questions about the ecological and socio-economic sustainability of aquaponics are answered in this comprehensive review. A newly presented review considers aquaponics projects in Africa, categorizes the technology by…

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First report of white mold on watercress in aquaponic system in Hungary

Sclerotinia sclerotiorum has reportedly been found on watercress (Nasturtium officinale) in an aquaponic system in Hungary. This is the first reported case of white mold on watercress in aquaponic system in Hungary.  Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is an aquatic dicotyledonous vegetable belonging to Brassicaceae…

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China: Growing rice in CEA proves to be succesfull

China has halved the rice growth cycle to around 60 days in a nursery using innovative technology for crop breeding, said Yang Qichang, a researcher of the Institute of Urban Agriculture at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Yang, also chief scientist of the nursery team at the institute, said…

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Study on environmental and cultivation factors affecting root systems in soilless grown plants

Soilless culture systems are currently one of the fastest-growing sectors in horticulture. The plant roots are confined into a specific root zone and are exposed to environmental changes and cultivation factors. The recent scientific evidence regarding the effects of several environmental and cultivation…

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US (MI): 'Sota Grown project to research tech and energy

Year-round healthy food production is happening at Central Lakes College, thanks to a community collaboration. Even when the temperature inevitably drops to below zero during the winter, kale, lettuce and other leafy greens will continue growing in the ‘Sota Grown indoor food production container at the…

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Scotland: Construction kicked off for plant science innovation centers

Building work is underway on the International Barley Hub (IBH) and Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) at the James Hutton Institute. To mark the commencement of the works formally, a breaking-ground ceremony was held at the James Hutton Institute campus in Invergowrie, led by both Mairi Gougeon MSP,…

Modeling natural light availability in skyscraper farms

Lighting is a major component of energy consumption in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) operations. Skyscraper farms (multilevel production in buildings with transparent glazing) have been proposed as alternatives to greenhouse or plant factories (opaque warehouses) to increase space-use…

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Study: Aeroponic potato production improves through light pre-treatment

Production of plants under artificial light conditions is an innovative and smart concept to grow food year-round in any location. However, pre-basic seed potato production in the greenhouse from LED pre-treated seedlings under an aeroponic system is a new and creative idea. Therefore, the objective of…

US (TX): New department head joins College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Aimed at helping Texas’ producers of fruits and vegetables with enhanced nutrition and value, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Horticultural Sciences will be led by Amit Dhingra, Ph.D., who successfully forged relations with pear producers and other agriculture…

US (OH): Construction of $1.5 mil Innovation and Aquaponics center starts

The ceremony for the Antwerp Innovation and Aquaponics Center will take place on Thursday 4PM at the school. The $1.5 million dollar facility is to be constructed in the…

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CAN: Guelph researchers to help tech development of space food production

In order to one day live in space, people will need to learn to grow food in space and three researchers at the University of Guelph will be helping develop that technology. It's part of the Deep Space Food Challenge being held by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space…

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Study on aquaponics: Intelligent technology smart fishing compressed

A study by S. Mallick, H. Easmin and I. Hussain with the Assam Agricultural University, compiles the need and technical understanding of self-sustenance and viability of aquaponics.  Aquaponics is a combination technique; set to make a change in the plants and aquatic products. The recycling of nutrients is…

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Identification of root disease on hydroponically cultivated cucumbers in Poland

Hydroponically cultivated cucumber plants with characteristic symptoms of crazy root disease were found in two different commercial production cucumber greenhouses in Poland. Due to excessive and inappropriate root growth, this disease led to a reduction in yield and deterioration of the general…

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Abu Dhabi research centre to use space technology to boost food security

A new research centre in Abu Dhabi will use the UAE desert as a testing ground to explore how space technology can help food production thrive in challenging climates – on Earth and beyond. US-based firm Nanoracks, which specialises in launching small payloads such as mini and cube satellites, will…

New study may help to make spinach leaves look like lettuce

A new study could help introduce innovations in the food industry as it could help change the shape of the salad leaves as one desires. Plants have either ‘simple’ or ‘compound’ leaves. A mango tree, for example, is considered to possess ‘simple’ leaves because they have a single, intact leaf blade. A…

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Environmental impact assessment of multi-loop aquaponics in urban context

Fresh vegetables available on Northern European markets usually originate from a high number of sources. Environmental impacts for these goods typically arise from the resources used in production and the long-distance transport in air-conditioned trucks. As such, environmental impacts are mainly…

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The growth of leaf lettuce and bacterial communities in a closed aquaponics system

Aquaponics is a circulating and sustainable system that combines aquaculture and hydroponics and forms a symbiotic relationship between fish, plants, and microorganisms. It was hypothesized that feed alone could support plant growth, but the symbiosis with fish adds some beneficial effects on plant…

AeroFarms partners with Cargill in cocoa research

Cargill has entered a multi-year research agreement with vertical farming company AeroFarms aimed at improving cocoa bean yields and developing more climate-resilient farming practices. “Environmental challenges and growing demand for cocoa products are placing increased pressure on the global cocoa…

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Highlighting the benefits of CEA

With a growing population, the world’s resources will need to be used in an increasingly efficient manner. Food will need to be grown near where it is needed. Space will need to be maximized. And these challenges can’t be tackled alone. In an effort to leverage resources, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, School of…

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Japanese government to explore food production on the Moon

Japan's government and its space agency will join hands with food and tech companies to launch research on developing a sustainable food source on the Moon, in an attempt to encourage the private sector to enter the space business, sources with direct knowledge of the plan said. The public-private joint…

Australia: Researchers develop method to convert urine into fertilizer

A research team at the University of Melbourne developed a way to convert human urine into fertilizer. Making use of electro-bioreactors, a membrane-based technology used to treat wastewater, the scientists extracted nitrogen and phosphorus from urine to create fertilizer. As the method makes use of…

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Scotland: College opens vertical farm to accelerate research and education

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) will be the first higher education institute in Scotland to open a vertical farm for research and education. SRUC will build the half-million-pound facility at its King’s Buildings campus in Edinburgh next year. The project, which has received a £200,000 grant from the…

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High school students recognized for research on raising vitamin C levels

"Vertical farming leads to vitamine C shortage in crops"

A Minnetonka High School student has been recognized for his work examining how vitamin C levels can be raised in plants that are grown using sustainable farming methods. Hughes said the topic for his project is a continuation of previous research, during which he ran tests to see if plants produced by…

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Will small tomato plants work for vertical farming?

What crops come to mind when you think of vertical farm production? Leafy greens, microgreens and herbs are likely the most common answer. How about tomatoes? University of California researchers Robert Jinkerson and Martha Orozco-Cárdenas are using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology to develop short…

Potential of ornamental monocot plants in hydroponic systems

Cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn) accumulation and uptake ability have been investigated in three ornamental monocot plants (Heliconia psittacorum x H. spathocircinata, Echinodorus…

Single wavelengths of LED supplements promote biosynthesis of cyclic monoterpenes in Japanese mint

Environmental light conditions influence the biosynthesis of monoterpenes in the mint plant. Cyclic terpenes, such as menthol, menthone, pulegone, and menthofuran, are major…

Growth of basil in aeroponics, DRF, and raft systems with effluents of African catfish

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) was cultivated in three hydroponic subsystems (i) a modified commercial aeroponics, (ii) a dynamic root floating (DRF) system, and (iii) a floating…

Plant-based biomanufacturing a growing trend

Whole plants are also used to make biopharmaceuticals. For example, last year, the FDA approved Palforzia (AR101), oral peanut-protein immunotherapy developed by Aimmune Therapeutics. The approvals are indicative of a growing recognition of the role plants can play in biopharmaceutical manufacturing,…

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Study on automated aquaponic systems for urbanized areas in Sri Lanka

Agriculture is currently a significant contributor to the Sri Lankan economy, but there is still a lack of integration of modern technology with agriculture. Over the past few decades, many people have moved away from agricultural occupations due to urbanization. As a result, the higher portion of the…

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US (NY): Vertical farming displayed in art gallery

Are we really that different? is a fully functional urban farm installation that grows plants in an unusual and definitively inhospitable environment: Gagosian’s Chelsea gallery in New York City. The installation—now on view as part of Social Works, a group exhibition curated by Antwaun Sargent—is a…

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US (IN): Educating kids on the various ways of farming

Some youngsters from the Robinson Center Preschool are learning how Green Bridge Growers turn seeds into salads. These kids are learning about aquaponics, where fish provide nutrients to help the plants grow and help the plants filter the water to keep the fish habitats clean. Green Bridge also addresses…

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Study on optimal control as a tool to investigate a farm's profitability

New research by Xu Dan and Hesham A. Ahmed shows that, although optimal control has been used extensively for greenhouse climate management, its application to plant factories is still in its infancy. In this paper, the profitability of growing lettuce in a Chinese plant factory (vertical farm) is…


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