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Plant–environment microscopy tracks interactions of Bacillus subtilis with plant roots across the entire rhizosphere

Our understanding of plant-microbe interactions in the soil is limited by the difficulty of observing processes at the microscopic scale throughout plants’ large volume of influence. This research presents the development of three-dimensional live microscopy for resolving plant-microbe interactions…

University of Philippines educates students on hydroponic farming

Some 44 young educators, students, and out-of-school youth from different districts of Laguna province joined the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) to learn the basics of hydroponics farming. The…

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To clean contaminated soil, pilot project tries growing mushrooms

In the garage of a vacant farmhouse at the Marathon County landfill, mushrooms are growing in contaminated soil. The soil was the site of an oil spill in the Fox Valley. Plants will not grow on it, but it is not safe to leave it either; there is not much that can be done for it. The usual result of such…

Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3: webinar making urban farming work

In the third webinar of the WUR series, three experts in the field of indoor farming will discuss elements essential to making urban farming work. Professor Leo Marcelis (WUR) will talk about different indoor farming systems and their applicability. What indoor farming system suits your purposes best and…

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Comparison of total nutrient recovery in aquaponics and in conventional aquaculture systems

This study aimed at comparing growth performances, feed utilization efficiency, and nutrient recovery in aquaponics and conventional aquaculture system. Twenty-four juveniles of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) weighing 1.12 ± 0.1 g were cultured in either aquaponics systems or conventional…

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Explorative study of aquaponics systems in Indonesia

This study aimed to explore and evaluate new aquaponics system designs in Jakarta, Indonesia, in terms of water and nutrient efficiency, and/or profitability. In total, one brackish water system with barramundi and tomato (BW) and three freshwater systems with Nile tilapia, rice, and duckweed (FW + DW),…

US: Seventh-grader wins hydroponic project

Palmer Trinity seventh-grader Cooper Ruzycki was assigned to create a hydroponic facility that could help the environment. He shows off his model: “You can grow this anywhere; in space, in the rainforest, anywhere, as long as you have a facility and water and energy. If you’re in the desert, you could…

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US (PA): Linntown teacher grows student interest in hydroponic gardening

Gardening is not unusual to the students in Erin Rittle’s class at Linntown Intermediate School, but the hydroponic farm stand she set up this year inside her classroom sure was. Rittle entered a contest online and was gifted a $500 vertical garden from Seeds of Success Therapy Group and Lettuce Grow.…

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Study on plant growth and nutrient uptake under different aeration intensities

Aeration is considered beneficial for hydroponics. However, little information is available on the effects of aeration and even less on solutions that use bubble flow and their agronomic effects. In this study, the effects of aeration intensity on plants were studied through cultivation experiments and…

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Does ginger extract work as an alternative to thrips control in hydroponic lettuce?

Ginger has a large number of essential oils; zingiberene is the major substance found in it, which may be linked to the insecticidal activity of plants. The objective of this work was to evaluate the use of a ginger-based extract in hydroponic lettuce as an alternative to thrips control. The experiment…

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Selenium enrichment of green and red lettuce

Selenium (Se)-enriched vegetables are promising dietary sources of Se, which provides beneficial biological effects in humans. In this study, the researchers investigated the effects of foliar application of Se on hydroponically grown multi-leaf green (V1) and red (V2) lettuce plants. Three selenate…

Physiological and morphological responses of hydroponically grown pear rootstock

Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for the growth and development of fruit trees, playing an important role in photosynthesis, nucleic acid synthesis, and enzyme activity regulation. The plasticity of plant phenotypic has been investigated in diverse species under conditions of P-deficiency or…

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Minnesota high school students feed classmates with hydroponically grown produce

Students of Mora High School’s agriculture classes will operate a new hydroponic farm to put food on the table.  Mora FFA/Agriculture Department plans to purchase a hydroponics vertical farm that can be brought into the classroom and used to grow around 200 plants at a time in only a 6 ft by 3 ft space.  Students will…

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Mullet and Salicornia combine well in aquaponics trial

Researchers in Spain claim that growing Salicornia and grey mullet together in an aquaponics system has considerable potential. The trial was carried out by the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) at its center in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain, as part of the EU-funded New…

Removal of microplastics in fertilizer by osmosis for wastewater reclamation

Insufficient removal of microplastics (MPs) and nanoplastics (NPs) may exert negative effects on the environment and human health during wastewater reclamation. The fertilizer-driven forward osmosis (FDFO) is an emerging potential technology to generate high-quality water for irrigation of hydroponic…

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Growth performance of Rohu and Tilapia fingerlings with tomatoes in aquaponics

The present research was conducted to observe the growth performance of rohu and tilapia fingerlings with tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants in aquaponics. In this experiment, the fingerlings of selected fishes and tomato plants were reared for a period of 60 days and during this experiment,…

A four-day HAS course on vertical farming: the theoretics and practicalities

Calculating the electricity use of vertical farms

Vertical farming is rapidly developing worldwide and depending on the country or location, there may be different reasons for this development. A lot of the information comes from commercial sources or from scientific research. “However, in the end, a lot of more applied knowledge and practical…

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US: The physics of farming without sunlight

During a seminar at Cornell University last October, Bruce Bugbee explained all about the physics of farming without sunlight.  For more information: Cornell University www.cornell.edu   

Deep-learning-based sensing and modeling of ever-changing agri-food characteristics

Modeling the future of plants

An ambitious new project is looking to predict and model the complex traits in fresh products that are constantly changing, using deep-learning and machine-learning approaches. The project brings together a multi-disciplinary team of Wageningen University & Research experts from Plant Physiology, Machine-Learning, and Agro-Food…

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The impact of light spectrum and intensity on antioxidant activity of lettuce

The study focused on the physiology, growth, and antioxidant activity response of hydroponically grown lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) under sole-source LED lighting of differing spectra. Lighting spectra were provided by differing combinations of LEDs of three different peak wavelengths, with ratios of…

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UK: Research reveals farming skills gap and lack of knowledge in sustainable food production

A fundamental lack of younger people entering the UK farming industry is resulting in a significant gap in the environmental consciousness needed to address food production concerns to feed a growing population, according to new research.  The survey of over 2,000 UK adults, conducted by IGS, found that 42%…

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Finland: Wood-based greenhouse could reduce carbon footprint

A new wood-based design could reduce the carbon footprint of greenhouses by enabling them to become heat providers rather than consumers. The enclosed design is ideal for vertical farming and growing crops in urban areas using less land, fewer resources, and less water. The technology for the wood-based…

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US (PA): University welcomes tower gardens

Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania has recently welcomed a new sustainability initiative in the form of Tower Gardens. Through this initiative, students can see the growth of plants occurring inside the Audrey Hirt Academic Center. Shannon Meyers, Mercyhurst alumnus from the class of 2020, is also the…

Semiconductor junction rectifier with multicolor coding for indoor farm applications

The paper aims to build a smart lighting system with applications such as a remote for controlling power supply and optimizing heat management in the metal body of the semiconductor diode and with a printed circuit board for agriculture. The semiconductor diode strips with multiple colors are lined up and configured as…

Plant breeding AI gets schooled in new student competition

If Hillsborough Street glowed a bit brighter recently, it might have been from the collective mental energy focused on NC State’s first Agricultural Technology Hackathon. The university and USDA-Agricultural Research Service created the Ag Tech Hackathon to accelerate agricultural research using computer…

Colombia: New technologies and production methods showed

Within the framework of the International Environment Fair (FIMA) that will be presented in Corferias in October, Sáenz Fety brings the #Ahora project to Colombia, which wants to find the answer on how to feed people without harming the environment. For this reason, it has partnered with different…

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Biochar amendment reduces the availability of Pb in soil and uptake in lettuce

The aim of the study was to investigate the ability of biochar amendment to reduce the availability of Pb (lead) in the soil and its uptake in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. var. adela). Seedlings of lettuce were cultivated in Pb-contaminated soils, both with and without 5% biochar (w/w), as well as in a…

Expanding the level of technological readiness for a low-cost vertical hydroponic system

Climate and social changes are deeply affecting current agro-food systems. Unsustainable agricultural practices and the low profitability of small farmers are challenging the agricultural development of rural areas. This study aims to develop a novel, modular, and low-cost vertical hydroponic farm system…

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The acceptance of vertical farming by the ecotourist population

This research paper explores the acceptance of the vertical farming concept, and more specifically, its acceptance in the ecotourist market. Vertical farming is a new agricultural method that shows great promise in tackling the future problems linked to feeding the World. In the tourism industry, the…

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AgriLife Research scientist aims to push bounds of future farming

Automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics represent potentially monumental changes for agriculture’s future, and Azlan Zahid hopes his research will spearhead that evolution for urban farming. Zahid, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant professor of controlled-environment agriculture…

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Green-fingered Anglesey students venture into a new world of farming

Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi in the Welsh Holyhead, Anglesey, has become the first school to explore the area of hydroponics or vertical farming. In collaboration with Menter Môn’s agri-tech program, Tech Tyfu, the installation of the growing system has provided pupils with new learning experiences. The unit…

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Phytochemical responses to salt stress in lettuce grown in a floating hydroponic module

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) is one of the most popular leafy vegetables, appreciated globally as a low-calorie food with bioactive compounds. The application of a low dose of abiotic stress is considered a sustainable pre-harvest strategy to modify the nutraceutical value of horticultural products. This…

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Yield and nutrients leaf content of lettuce in small scale aquaponic systems

This study was conducted over 52 days to evaluate the potential of using the nutrient solution produced from different fish stocking densities on the yield and nutrients leaf content of lettuce cultivated in decoupled recirculation aquaponic systems (DRAPS). In this study, three stocking densities of…

Nano- and microscale iron for Fe-fortification in Spinacia oleracea

The effectiveness of Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron (NZVI) and Microscale Zero-Valent Iron (MZVI) in fortifying spinach (Spinacia oleracea) with iron was examined. The changes in uptake of some macro-and microelements essential for plants and humans were also investigated in the presence of NZVI and MZVI.…

Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County members learn to grow food through NASA project

Some local students get to enjoy the fruits of their labor by consuming a healthy snack or adding to a family meal. Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County members are learning how to grow their own food through the I WILL Projects’ Indoor Farming Innovation Zone, a project supported by NASA. The goal of…

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Smart indoor farms: leveraging technological advancements to power a sustainable agricultural revolution

Conventional farming necessitates a large number of resources and infrastructure such as land, irrigation, manpower to manage farms, etc. Modern initiatives are required to automate conventional farms. Smart indoor farms offer the potential to remedy the shortfalls of conventional farms by providing a…

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'Vertical farming isn't a one size fits all concept'

One of the vertical farming’s advantages mentioned often is producing crops anywhere around the globe, despite the local climate. Once the ‘perfect indoor growing recipe’ is found for a specific crop, it can possibly be copied anywhere. However, it has shown that it’s a bit more complex in reality. One,…

Slenium to nutrient solution decreases Cadmium toxicity in hydroponic pepper plants

Cadmium is absorbed by plants rapidly and without control through the same channels as other essential metals, interfering with their transport and utilization. Many studies…

Canadian college launches center of innovation in sustainable urban agriculture

When it comes to food and farming in Canada, there are a number of challenges to consider, both within the industry and broader community. There are opportunities to adopt more sustainable and regenerative practices and address potential skills gaps – the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council…


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