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Powering plant growth with solar instead of photosynthesis more efficient?

We have a lot to thank photosynthesis for. This process is also right at the beginning of everything we eat. Plants use sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to grow, and then humans either eat those plants directly or after they have become part of an animal, mushroom, or anything else we like to munch…

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Thallium accumulation and distribution in Silene latifolia grown in hydroponics

Purpose Thallium (Tl) is one of the most toxic elements known, and its contamination is an emerging environmental issue associated with base metal (zinc-lead) mining wastes. This study investigated the nature of Tl tolerance and accumulation in Silene latifolia, which has so far only been reported from…

Designing aquaponics systems suitable for Mars

A post-graduate research scholarship to investigate the potential for aquaponics to provide fish and vegetable produce in extreme conditions – including on the Moon and Mars – is being offered by the University of Greenwich. The successful applicant will investigate the use of aquaponic waters and…

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The effect of flushing on the nitrate content and quality of lettuce and rocket

Hydroponics is the most widely used technique in closed cultivation environments, and this system is often used for the cultivation of baby leaf vegetables. These species can accumulate high levels of nitrates; for this reason, the control of growing conditions is a crucial factor for limiting their…

US (NY): Driving food security via educating high school students on sustainable farming

Two blocks away from Central Park, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus, lives a small but thriving farm. The organization is based inside schools and community centers to educate teens, from 6th to 12th grade on vertical farming. "We are fighting food insecurity by allowing kids with any…

SpaceX has launched soil samples into space

SpaceX resupply mission CRS-25 has just launched to the International Space Station, carrying soil samples into space. The soil samples are for the DynaMoS experiment, which aims to investigate the Dynamics of Microbiomes in Space. Here on Earth, soil microbes carry out important life support functions,…

Light Science Technologies strengthens partnership with University of Nottingham

Light Science Technologies (LST) has further strengthened its academic ties with the addition of further expertise and new equipment from the University of Nottingham (UoN) to develop its AgTech capabilities. Kellie Smith, a PhD student from the university, has joined the team on a three-month placement…

Response of cyanic and acyanic lettuce cultivars to an increased proportion of blue light

Indoor crop cultivation systems such as vertical farms or plant factories necessitate artificial lighting. Light spectral quality can affect plant growth and metabolism and, consequently, the amount of biomass produced and the value of the produce. Conflicting results on the effects of the light spectrum…

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Effects of antibiotics on waterhyacint's performance and physiology

Antibiotics can be absorbed by aquatic plants, but they seriously affect the health of aquatic plants and threaten the steady state of the aquatic ecosystem. The phytoremediation performance and physiology of floating macrophyte (Eichhornia crassipes) under antibiotic ciprofloxacin (CIP) hydroponic…

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An IoT labelled dataset for aquaponics fish pond water quality monitoring system

Aquaculture, which is the breeding of fishes in artificial ponds, seems to be gaining popularity among urban and suburban dwellers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Tenant aquaculture enables individuals, irrespective of their profession, to grow fish locally in a little space. However, there are…

Above-ground microbial communities that quell plant diseases can be developed

Microbial communities naturally living on the leaves and stems of tomato plants can be manipulated to suppress diseases that reduce productivity, according to Penn State researchers, offering hope that growers someday can apply these mixtures of bacteria and fungi to protect plants and improve harvests.…

St. Lawrence College offers CEA program

“Colleges are an integral part of supporting the CEA workforce"

St. Lawrence College will soon bring a new academic offering to its syllabus on the Cornwall campus, thanks to a new partnership. A Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) program will be available to students from September 12 – November 4, 2022, to help prepare individuals for employment in the…

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Microgreen vulnerability to pathogens characterized by researchers

Microgreens, though tiny, are packed with nutrients and flavor. Their use in salads has grown, but researchers have not yet focused on their susceptibility to foodborne disease outbreaks — common in the salad green industry. Kristen Gibson, professor of food safety and microbiology for the Arkansas…

US: Rivalry aside, UK and UT undergrads study hydroponic lettuce

The relationship between the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee is commonly seen as a sports rivalry, but not for some undergraduate agriculture students who put the competition aside this summer to jointly study how light affects hydroponic lettuce. Garrett Owen, assistant…

Removal of Cr(VI) from water by in natura and magnetic nanomodified hydroponic lettuce roots

Biosorption is a viable and environmentally friendly process to remove pollutants and species of commercial interest. Biological materials are employed as adsorbents for the retention, removal, or recovery of potentially toxic metals from aqueous matrices. Hexavalent chromium is a potential contaminant…

Fluence and HAS University partner to explore dynamic lighting strategies

Dynamic lighting is a concept that has been going around the industry for quite a while now, yet its benefits have not been backed up by science. That is why Fluence partnered up with HAS University of Applied Sciences to observe the effects of alternating spectra on young plants. “Usually, propagation…

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Sandponics: Growing crops in sand to desalinate water

Sandponics is an aquaponic-related growing technique for cultivating plants that utilize sand as a primary medium for mechanical filtration, biofilter, and as well growing media for crops.  This study investigated the utilization of fish effluents as irrigation water and nutrient sources to close the crop…

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Research: Growing vine plants hydroponically

Vine leaves are considered a delicacy food; however, they are only produced as a byproduct for a short harvest period due to grape cultivation practices and numerous chemical applications. In this work, vine plants were cultivated hydroponically in a greenhouse to extend the cultivation period and, along…

Reshaping the future of farming at UQ

The University of Queensland’s newly appointed Professor of Protected Cropping has big plans to reshape farming in Queensland. Professor Paul Gauthier has joined The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), directing a project which will establish UQ as a leader in protected…

Open vertical farms: increasing tomato yield and encouraging natural suppression of whiteflies

This study evaluates 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 a novel outdoor vertical farm design. Using both raised and…

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Aquaponics beneficial for fish, plant growth and water quality in comparison to hydroponics

Aquaponics is a technique where a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and hydroponics are integrated to grow plants and fish in a closed system. This research team investigated if the growth of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and baby spinach (Spinacia oleracea) would be affected in a coupled…

India: BHU organizes training session for farmers to promote vertical gardening

On Monday, the Banaras Hindu University Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development hosted a farmers' conference and training session in Bahdurpur village, Cholapur block. According to Dr. Jay Prakash Verma of IESD, the event was arranged under the DST-sponsored project 'Developing low-cost…

Realizing the potential of vertical farming systems through advances in plant photobiology

Intensive agriculture is essential to feed increasing populations yet requires large amounts of pesticide, fertilizer, and water to maintain productivity. One solution to mitigate these issues is the adoption of Vertical Farming Systems (VFS). The self-contained operation of these facilities offers the…

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Driving vertical farming in the UK and beyond

In recent years, vertical farms have been popping up all over the world as a way to produce food more efficiently and sustainably. And the UK has been getting in on the action, housing Jones Food Company, for instance, one of the largest vertical farms in Europe. Yet, the UK vertical farming industry is…

The growth and yield of the vegetable Mizuna in open-air hydroponics

For the first time, the influence of the nutrition surface of 100, 90, 80, and 70 (plants/m2) on the mizuna’s growth, development, and productivity (efficiency) was studied in open-air hydroponics conditions. It was revealed that during 2 vegetation periods, the variant of 90 plants/m2 nutrition surface…

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Research shows Spain and Portugal suffering driest climate for 1,200 years

Spain and Portugal are suffering their driest climate for at least 1,200 years, according to research, with severe implications for both food production and tourism. Most rain on the Iberian peninsula falls in winter as wet, low-pressure systems blow in from the Atlantic. But a high-pressure system off…

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India: researchers develop method to detect defects in vegetable seeds using x-ray imaging

A pressing problem of vegetable production is the quality of sown seeds. In this regard, assessment of seed quality before sowing and storage is of great practical interest. The modern level of research requires automated instrumental methods of seed quality evaluation, allowing to obtain more…

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US (WV): Shepherd University Agriculture Innovation Center to add mushroom growing program

Dr. Peter Vila, an associate professor of environmental and physical sciences and Veterans to Agriculture program director at Shepherd University, spoke passionately as he described the first time he ate a mushroom. “The mushroom I ate was a chanterelle from North Carolina,” he said. “It was a field of…

Light use efficiency of lettuce cultivation in vertical farms compared with greenhouse and field

Vertical farming is a relatively new fresh fruit and vegetable production system, where lamps (mostly light emitting diodes [LED]) are the sole light source. A high light use efficiency (LUEinc), defined as shoot dry weight per incident photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD; g mol−1) integral, is…

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Artificial photosynthesis can produce food without sunshine

Scientists have found a way to bypass the need for biological photosynthesis altogether and create food independent of sunlight by using artificial photosynthesis. The technology uses a two-step electrocatalytic process to convert carbon dioxide, electricity, and water into acetate. Food-producing…

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Scotland: £200m fund to help launch 150 agricultural projects

Projects which aim to boost food security in Scotland while improving the environment will benefit from a major funding program worth £200m. The £200m funds will be invested in a variety of innovative studies, including research centered on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. Researchers…

Dr. Stacy Pyett, Program Manager Proteins for Life at WUR:

'The world can be fed with only plant-based food'

Sufficient plant proteins are produced in the world to feed today's global population, says Dr. Stacy Pyett, Program Manager Proteins for Life at WUR. She investigates the…

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Scientists sprout seedlings in Apollo moon dirt

We now know that plants survive but fail to thrive in lunar soilTwelve grams of the moon arrived at Robert Ferl’s laboratory in an undecorated UPS box. Ferl, a horticulturist at the University of Florida, had waited more than a decade for that moment. The small box of dirt, postmarked from NASA, held…

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Shedding light on the impact of microplastics on lentil seedling growth

Microplastic pollution is known to negatively impact seed germination and seedling growth. Although some studies have demonstrated the effects of microplastics on seed germination, the impact of microplastics on the internal biological activity of seeds remained unknown. Now, a group of researchers has…

Queensland: Drought preparedness, research, and pest control in $608 million budget

The Palaszczuk Government has delivered a $608 million investment in Queensland's agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. Drought support and preparedness, research…

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In St. Petersburg, youth-led farm blossoms in a food desert

Justin Bowman has been a youth ambassador at the St. Pete Youth Farm since fall 2020. Bowman, a student at St. Petersburg Catholic High, says you learn hard work and responsibility at this youth-run urban farm in the heart of south St. Petersburg’s Midtown neighborhood. If it is your job to water the…

Estate's new farming education program boosted with donation

A Northamptonshire estate's new education program teaching young people the importance of sustainable farming has been boosted thanks to a new donation. Property consultancy Fisher German has donated twenty laptops to Holdenby House to bolster its newly launched Rural Education Program. The program takes…

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Workshop teaches students about food insecurity

The Neighborhood Harvest (TNH), a Suffolk-based food delivery service and hydroponic farm, hosted a group of students from Norfolk Academy last week, teaching them about the process and benefits of hydroponics as well as how the organization is addressing food insecurity.  The foundation of TNH’s strategy…

Hydroponics in Hermosa: Students' learning grows in living classroom garden

An open concrete courtyard on the campus of the Hermosa Elementary and Middle School has been transformed into a hydroponics garden and living classroom, bringing an opportunity for both literal and figurative growth to its students. Todd Gregson, paraprofessional at Hermosa Elementary and Middle School,…

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Hawaii: Student project-based learning on commercial farms

Local students from public/private high schools across the island of Oahu were pre-selected to participate in paid internships. Internships ranged from 1-2 semesters and were completed on the farm(s) under the supervision of the site mentor. Students supported farm staff while developing basic skills and…

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Integrating vertical farms to establish sustainable vertical communities In Davao City

The human population has been growing at a rate of at least 1.2% annually since 1960, reaching up to 6.4 billion in 2002 and over 7.0 billion in 2012. In Davao City, the annual population growth rate was 3.22% in 1990, 2.41% in 2007, and 2.36% in 2013. The alarming problem we confront today is that the…

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Imperative role of automation and wireless technologies in aquaponics farming

Food and agriculture are significant aspects that can meet the food demand estimated by the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) by 2050. In addition to this, the United Nations' sustainable development goals recommended implementing sustainable practices to meet food demand to achieve sustainability.…

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Electrolytic disinfection of irrigation water for intensive crop production

Shortage of water availability and awareness of the need for sustainable resource management have generated a significant increase in the use of recycled water for irrigation and processing of crops and harvest products, respectively. As a result, irrigation systems face the challenge of neutralizing…

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US (NJ): School cuts ribbon on hydroponic garden

On Tuesday, John P. Holland Charter School (JPHCS) officially opened its indoor hydroponic garden. 2021-2022 marked the pilot year of the garden, curated and designed for the space by the team at New York Sun Works, and has been an extraordinary success, officials said.  Located in Woodland Park, John P Holland…

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“It’s the ultimate payback as a teacher to know that students are getting more interested"

What started out in one of the Wantagh Middle School’s custodial closets has grown into one of the school’s largest academic programs. The students have taken an active role in hydroponics. Wantagh Middle School science teacher Sal Mulé had a passion for this growing method of food production and…

Grafting enhances the photosynthesis and nitrogen absorption of tomato plants under low-nitrogen stress

Nitrogen is an essential macronutrient required for plant growth. In this study, the relationships between plant growth, photosynthetic capability, chlorophyll fluorescence characteristics, and nitrogen forms in response to low-nitrogen stress were studied in tomatoes grafted with different…

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Structure of “gliding bird” plant defense protein could lead to better crops

Researchers used two imaging and crystallography techniques to uncover the structure of a key plant defense protein called NPR1, which resembles “a gliding bird.” Biologist Xinnian Dong says her “best Christmas gift ever” arrived in the form of a phone call. The call was from her longtime friend and…

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Assistance for urban agriculture producers event in Dallas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, NRCS, and Farm Service Agency, FSA, in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will host an educational program on June 21 in Dallas. The event will highlight the USDA support available for urban producers and the…

Finnish pupils explore urban farming with the “EU in my school” initiative

That's what 118 primary school pupils from Uusimaa, Finland, experienced when they visited the "Urban Farm Lab" in their region. In May 2022, the children took a unique look behind the scenes of this research facility. From growing mushrooms to tasting sprouts: the visits were full of adventures and…

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Greenhouse hops: research shows potential, yields special beer

Hops used to grow abundantly in the Netherlands. Local brewers used it to preserve their beer. Could this flower be reintroduced on a large scale as a true flavor enhancer for special beers? Hollands Hophuis asked researchers and Inholland University of Applied Sciences students to see whether hops could…

Urban Health Farms and Botany Group partner to expand R&D campus

Urban Health Farms Group B.V. (UHF), an indoor vertical farming company in Europe, announced an expanded partnership with the Botany Group and the founding of The UHF Campus through the acquisition of BrightBox facilities in Venlo, the Netherlands. The UHF Campus will be a center for education, training,…

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Growth of tomato plant in floating raft aquaponics system

The present paper elucidated the growth of a tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plant in the floating raft aquaponics system. In this experiment, the tomato seedlings were transplanted in an aquaponics unit with the help of a thermocoal cup and floating sheet, which were grown up for 60 days. Based on stocked…

Leo Marcelis on applying less light and different spectra to help save costs massively

LED light trials to decline costs in vertical farming

In the case of electricity, we have to look at it specifically from a sustainability point of view. In that respect, the electricity use has to be lowered drastically. Leo explains that most energy goes to LEDs and cooling. WUR has already done many studies on the influence of light on plants. But…

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Zayndu Aurora Z25 harnesses ‘plasma agriculture’ to prime seeds for accelerated growth

Ten percent more plants from the same number of seeds, faster germination, healthier plants, and 25% more fresh weight at harvesting – by using ‘plasma agriculture’ to clean and prime the seeds in one operation, the new Zayndu Aurora Z25 system has been shown to increase productivity in Vertical Farms.…

Microbial community analysis and food safety practice for aquaponic and hydroponic systems

Hydroponic and aquaponic farming is becoming increasingly popular as a solution to address global food security. Plants in hydroponic systems are grown hydroponically under controlled environments and are considered to have fewer food safety concerns than traditional field farming. However, hydroponics…

UAE: Masdar City and DANA Sign MoU to develop agritech pilot projects

Masdar City, the regional home of technology innovation and R&D in Abu Dhabi, and DANA, the Abu Dhabi-based venture builder and investment platform have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance food security at the national level, contribute to agritech sustainability, and support the UAE in…

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Role of hydroponics in green fodder production as livestock feed resource

This study aims to review, document, and disseminate information to better understand hydroponic green fodder production and utilization as livestock feed. Production of green fodder in sufficient quantities to meet the current demand has occurred as a crucial problem today. One of the methods to…

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US: University of Arizona aims to push forward vertical farming

Droughts, rising temperatures, supply chain challenges, and a war in Europe's breadbasket are making it harder to feed the planet. But vertical farming is one possible solution: It happens indoors in a controlled environment, without the need for soil. For years, students and researchers at the…

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Plants may hold the key for aquaponics microbiome

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Wageningen University & Research grew lettuce (Lactuca sativa) under a variety of hydroponic conditions, including nutrient supplementation with a commercial hydroponic solution, nutrients derived from aquaculture of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and…

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Summer school on insects as food and feed

The field of rearing insects for human food and animal feed is new and exciting. There are many challenges in bringing insects on the market. How can we rear insects in a sustainable way with low environmental impact and contribute to a circular economy? What type of production design and facilities are…


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