Education and Research

"No green thumb is needed for this computer-led growth chamber'

When you think of agriculture, do you think of technology? If not, you should. Innovative agriculture techniques play a vital role in the next generation of food production—which explores how technology can address important issues related to food. One of those issues is disparities around access to…

"Aquaponics offers positive potential for Philippine urban and rural communities"

Philippines Third District Congressman Francisco Benitez said the proposal of the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas (TUPV) focusing on micro-farming through aquaponics offers positive potential for both urban and rural communities. The Negrense lawmaker, whose priority development…

L. Fruscella, B. Kotzen and S. Milliken

Organic aquaponics in the European Union

Towards sustainable farming practices in the framework of the new EU regulation

Research by L. Fruscella, B. Kotzen and S. Milliken highlights the sustainable farming practises applied to the new EU regulation.  Under the new Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/848 which has entered into law in January 2021, aquaponic produce cannot be certified as organic in the European Union. Given the…

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University of Florida to help teach science, engineering through aquaculture

Through a $64,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to Schools program, the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)  will help some Florida K-12 educators who teach science, technology, engineering, math and agriculture start or strengthen…

Learning transfer from the cannabis industry to the vertical farming industry

The Association for Vertical Farming is organizing a Webinar focusing on technical aspects and experience of the invited experts: Emil Breza is Co-Founder, President, and CEO…

US scientists develop methods to improve molecular identification in plants

Uncovering the complex associations among genes, proteins, and the molecules they produce in a living organism can be a monumental task. Some scientists may devote entire careers to one particular protein and spend decades tracking a handful of metabolic pathways. They’re often faced with mountains of…

CHAP webinar: bridging the gap between science and practice

Hosted by CHAP International business Manager Jenna Ross, the webinar aimed to open the doors of CHAP delivery partner, Cranfield University and show how the facilities can be used to better understand the complex interaction between soil properties and plant growth. CHAP Commercial Director Linsey…

Estonian growing systems provider raises $3.5 million investment from Saudi Arabian university

Natufia, a Talinn, Estonia-based manufacturer of smart indoor food growing systems, announced the completion of a $3.5 million capital investment round. The money was raised from investors led by the Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), through their venture capital…

Politics in the city: Councilors push for partnership with hydroponic nonprofit

2Gether We Eat, a new youth-focused nonprofit in the city, seeks to address issues of "food deserts" and food insecurity here in Worcester through promoting hydroponic farming. Co-founder Charles Luster spoke to the City Council this week about the possibility of forging a partnership to encourage…

Tower gardens are more than just teaching tools

Youth at the YWCA High Point began tending a tower garden this week as part of the Kiwanis Club’s effort to overcome food insecurity.The club is making 12 aeroponic tower gardens available in the community through a Guilford County CARES grant, according to Latoya Bullock, Kiwanis president and United…

Rooted

Who is an indoor farmer?

Any business conversation with pro vertical farmers inevitably turns to labor; how to build and train the best team is a universal challenge. It’s especially pressing in an industry where 80% of indoor farmers are new to the practice.  "Academics and corporates alike, such as our Contain vendors at CropKing and AmHydro, have developed…

First integrated omics laboratory launched in Canada

Following a successful year of building, prototyping and delivering services to select customers and partners, the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has launched the Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL), a state-of-the-art facility that…

American school gets funding to build hydroponic classroom farm

Students at the Bruce Randolph School will be able to grow and eat veggies inside a hydroponic classroom farm thanks to money generated from a sale tax increase voters approved two years ago. Sanchez said the district is designing the farm’s layout. The school wants the indoor farm to be completed by the…

Is vertical farming a fad or the future?

Indoor farming makes sense in places with extreme climates (hot or cold), where land is scarce, and where there is need for a more reliable, predictable supply chain. Turns out this is actually true for many places on Earth (and for future space colonies). Vertical farming could be an important piece of…

Jamaica: University offers courses on aquaponics

Aquaponics is gaining traction at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), where students are exposed to the farming method that combines aquaculture, or fish farming, with hydroponics, or crop production without soil, to boost yields. CASE initially received a grant from the…

Comparing the carbon footprint of vertical and traditional farming

When it comes to vertical farming, people often wonder what you can grow there, how much you can produce and where vertical farms can best be placed.  The answer to these questions are not easily found. While vertical farms (VFs) can insulate agriculture from the mounting effects of climate change, reduce…

CBS figures

Few youngsters interested in parents' greenhouses businesses

In 2020, more than half (59%) of agricultural companies in the Netherlands run by over 55s had no successor. This is especially true for (very) small farms. The larger the business, the greater the chance it had a successor. The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reported. Their report is based on…

NASA

NASA notice of Deep Space Food Challenge Phase 1

Phase 1 of the Deep Space Food Challenge is open, and teams that wish to compete may now register. Centennial Challenges, part of the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate's Prizes, Challenges, and Crowdsourcing Program, consist of prize competitions to stimulate innovation in technologies of…

US (AL): Studying poultry wastewater as way to irrigate crops

As fresh water supplies become increasingly limited and the world's population continues to grow, Auburn University College of Agriculture researchers are working on ways to find and utilize alternative water resources for irrigating crops. "One proven source that can meet this demand is wastewater,"…

Z. Schmautz, T. Smits, C. Alberto Espinal, E. Frossard and R. Junge

Nitrogen transformations across compartments of an aquaponic system

Research by Z. Schmautz, T. Smits, C. Alberto Espinal, E. Frossard and R. Junge highlights the nitrogen transformations across compartments of an aquaponic system.  The presence and transformations of nitrogen (N) in the environment depend on a variety of environmental factors but are also strongly influenced…

Illinois professor receives NASA Early Career award to help astronauts grow vegetables

Ying Diao has received a NASA Early Career Faculty award to improve the growth of vegetables in space. When in space, astronauts typically eat dehydrated, nutrient-dense food, but when it comes to longer space missions, that can become a problem as they’ll eventually lack nutrients from fresh vegetables.…

School of Agricultural Equipment Engineering, Jiangsu

The influence of nozzles and spraying intervals on aeroponic butter-head lettuce

Recent research highlights the influence of atomization nozzles and spraying intervals on growth, biomass yield and nutrient uptake of aeroponically grown butter-head lettuce  The atomized nutrient solution droplet sizes and spraying intervals can impact the chemical properties of the nutrient solution, biomass…

University of Sheffield leads £6 million research project to 'transform the UK food system'

A new £6m research project titled Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people (H3) seeks to transform the UK food system from the ground up via an integrated program of interdisciplinary research. Social and natural scientists from the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield will…

Improving the profitability and economic sustainability of vertical farms

“According to our research, most vertical farms are focused on lighting as a means of improving yield and growth speed,” says Rob Agterberg, Partner at Back of the Yard Algae Sciences (BYAS). “However, not enough vertical farms are looking at innovative ways of growing faster and better. Through our…

Showing the cost-benefits of film farming integration

Vertical farming provides an enterprising solution to these concerns. Vertical farming utilizes stacked levels of growing racks and beds to maximize grow space per square foot of land and typically uses hydroponics to reduce water use. Similarly, film farming is a new agricultural technique developed in…

Is a rainwater harvesting system suitable for hydroponic lettuce cultivation?

The aim of this study was to determine the suitability of a rainwater harvesting system to cover the water demand for indoor hydroponic lettuce cultivation located in Wrocław, Poland. The analysis was performed on the basis of the recorded rainfall in Wrocław in 2000–2019. The analyzed cultivation is…


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