India: Potato Research Institute to start aeroponic potato seed production

Madhya Pradesh has signed a contract with Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, recently to license the technology to the Horticulture Department of Madhya Pradesh for the availability of seed potatoes through the aeroponic method of seed potato production. The Central Potato Research Institute,…

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US (OR): Bethel Park students serve hydroponically grown greens

“It’s a lot of trial and error,” Bethel Park sixth-grader Sydney Kellander said. “It took us many tries before we got a batch of seedlings that were ready to grow in the lab. A lot of the batches didn’t do so well and didn’t grow.” The lab, in this case, is a locker that’s equipped as a hydroponic…

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Aquaponics more beneficial than separate recirculating aquaculture and hydroponic systems?

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 investigated if the growth of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and baby spinach (Spinacia oleracea) would be affected in a coupled aquaponic…

New York colleges grow food and flowers in hydroponic classrooms

On April 28 and 29, South Bronx Early College Academy (SBECA) and The Longwood Academy of Discovery celebrated the official opening of their hydroponic-farm classrooms. Representatives from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club and NY Sun Works joined school staff and students for the ribbon-cutting,…

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Can algae unlock the secrets of photosynthesis?

A team led by current and former Carnegie plant biologists has undertaken the largest ever functional genomic study of a photosynthetic organism. Photosynthesis is the biochemical process by which plants, algae, and certain bacteria are able to convert the Sun's energy into chemical energy in the form of…

NASA scientists grow plants in lunar soil

In the early days of the space age, the Apollo astronauts took part in a visionary plan to bring samples of the lunar surface material, known as regolith, back to Earth where they could be studied and saved for future research not yet imagined. Fifty years later, at the dawn of the Artemis era and the…

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Young Syrians empowered with knowledge of digital agriculture

Through its Smallholder Support Programme, FAO has introduced digital agriculture to Syrians to promote innovation and digitalization. In March 2022, a group of young people from seven governorates across the country completed FAO’s specialized training on the use of technology and entrepreneurship in…

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US (NJ): Students grow sustainable food with in-class garden

Inside a science classroom at Brick Memorial High School, you’ll find over 300 edible plants grown by students. Although these seem like ordinary plants, there’s nothing ordinary about how they’re grown. Ben Schaible, an AP Environmental Science teacher at Brick Memorial, teaches students how to grow…

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Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School celebrates official opening of hydroponic classroom

Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS) celebrated the official opening of its hydroponic farm classroom. Representatives from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club and NY Sun Works joined school staff and students for the ribbon-cutting, classroom tour, and sampling of produce grown in the hydroponic…

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Improved yield and health benefits of watercress grown in an indoor vertical farm

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale R. Br.) is a highly nutritious leafy crop with a rich health-related phytonutrient profile, including secondary plant metabolites such as glucosinolates. This semi-aquatic crop is well-suited for indoor hydroponic cultivation and has a growing market for its distinctive…

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Could quantum dots reduce the cost of indoor farming?

Plants need light to grow, and when sunlight isn’t enough (like on Mars or in many indoor farms and greenhouses across the world), farmers’ only option is to use electric light fixtures, “grow lights”. Some indoor or greenhouse farmers use a mix of grow lights and sunlight, like in greenhouses that are…

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US: Sundown Park Elementary wins hydroponics STEM lab

Sundown Park Elementary college students have been studying recycling and saving the setting, and the efforts have paid off as they will now receive a deep-water tradition…

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Plants dictate root microbial composition in hydroponics and aquaponics

The role of the microbial community in mediating fish and plant co-culture is often considered the black box of aquaponics. Despite widespread recognition regarding the dependency of plants on their rhizosphere, the extent to which upstream aquaculture influences downstream hydroponic root communities…

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Responses of butter leaf lettuce to mixed red and blue light with extended light/dark cycle period

To investigate the effects of extended light/dark (L/D) cycle periods (relative to the diurnal L/D cycle) on lettuce and explore the potential advantages of abnormal L/D cycles, butter leaf lettuce was grown in a plant factory with artificial light (PFAL) and exposed to mixed red (R) and blue (B) LED…

Smart algorithm can save hundreds of hours of work when processing images

Through deep learning, robotic systems in the agricultural sector are getting better at recognizing and processing photos of crops. To properly train the systems, hundreds to thousands of images are needed of the crop for which they are used. These images are largely processed by humans. First, they find…

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Alternative photosynthesis pathways drive the algal CO2-concentrating mechanism

Global photosynthesis consumes ten times more CO2 than net anthropogenic emissions, and microalgae account for nearly half of this consumption. The high efficiency of algal photosynthesis relies on a mechanism concentrating CO2 (CCM) at the catalytic site of the carboxylation enzyme RuBisCO, which…

Urban Crop Solutions collaborates with Canadian agronomist advisory

Urban Crop Solutions has signed a new agreement with local agronomist advisory company, Châtaigner Agricole, to support local projects in the Central and Eastern Canadian Provinces. Based in Quebec, the local advisory is set to represent Urban Crop Solutions with their local prospects and support…

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Technological influences on monitoring and automation of hydroponics system

Scarcity of fertile land, irrigable water and pure air are concerns that challenge the food chain. This is further degraded by the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides and chemical compounds which yield appreciable short-term benefits but causes degradation in the long run. Soil less farming using…

Investing in employees pays off for horticulture industry

Investing in employees is paying dividends for the horticulture industry as several sectors allocate Hort Innovation levy funds of almost half a million dollars in combined scholarships for the Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness: Masterclass in Horticultural Business. Offered through the University of…

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Vertical farming - what's growing?

This webinar by CHAP, held on April 28, focuses on the question: "vertical farming, what's growing?" Watch it back here:

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Improved yield and health benefits of watercress grown in indoor vertical farm

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale R. Br.) is a highly nutritious leafy crop with a rich health-related phytonutrient profile, including secondary plant metabolites such as glucosinolates. This semi-aquatic crop is well-suited for indoor hydroponic cultivation and has a growing market for its distinctive…

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Plant Variety Rights have a significant positive impact on European Union’s economic growth and environmental sustainability

A new European study highlighting the impact of the Community Plant Variety Rights system (CPVR) on the EU economy and the environment was presented today in Angers, France, where the Community plant variety Office (CPVO) has its seat. Click here for the video of the seminar. Key findings include: The CPVR system…

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UK: School kids tackle food waste across Liverpool with the help of Farm Urban

A social enterprise has been working with schoolchildren across Liverpool to help in the battle against waste and climate change.Farm Urban – which delivers education and innovative solutions to sustainable food growing in communities – has been running the Future Food Heroes project since receiving a…

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Net-zero horticultural food production gets £1m research funding boost

Over £1m in funding has been awarded by Growing Kent & Medway to six projects in Kent that aim to make horticultural and plant-based food and drink production more sustainable. The collaborative research grants awarded to Kent-based businesses and research organizations range from increasing vitamin C…

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Penn State’s mushroom research center helps spawn East African farm

In 2015, Lucy Chimombo of Lilongwe, Malawi, East Africa, turned a hobby of growing oyster mushrooms in her backyard into a small business. It was not long before large food distributors, supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels came calling for her oyster mushrooms. These retailers also inquired about…

Futuristic agricultural projects are closer to being a reality

Flying gardens and floating greenhouses

Some projects that might seem to belong to the realm of science fiction, such as flying orchards or floating greenhouses, are closer to reality than we know. The Aeroponic…

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Nutrient consumption of lettuce plants in hydroponic and aquaponic systems

Aquaponics is the combined culture of fish and plants in recirculating aquaculture systems, considered to be an innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable technology. So, the main aim of this work is to study the effect of flow rate and culture system on nutrients consumption rate and lettuce productivity…

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US (KY): Nixa elementary students using tower garden to help food pantry

A group of Nixa elementary students is helping supply a Christian County food pantry with the aid of innovative farming technology. On Wednesday a group of fifth-graders gathered at the John Thomas School of Discovery cafeteria for a meal of salad. But it was actually a taste test. “Today when we were…

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New farms and R&D trials set to launch in the coming five years

“We will bear the risk together as we’re both owners of the farm. By doing so, we want to emphasize that the relationship with retailers needs to be changed. Growy is not selling technology but running a farm for and with the customer. Therefore, as farmers, we are as responsible for the farm as…

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Nutrient release coefficient:

Batch reactor assay to determine elemental composition of aquaponic nutrient solutions

Aquaponics practitioners have empirically known for years that feeding and growing fish generates nutrient-rich water as a byproduct, which serves as fertilizer to grow plants that ultimately clean the water for the fish. Despite the efforts of a few investigators, the literature lacks a methodical…

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Improved yield and health benefits of watercress grown in an indoor vertical farm

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale R. Br.) is a highly nutritious leafy crop with a rich health-related phytonutrient profile including secondary plant metabolites such as glucosinolates. This semi-aquatic crop is well-suited for indoor hydroponic cultivation and has a growing market for its distinctive…

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A bio-based inventory for circular nutrients management and achieving bioeconomy in future aquaponics

Future food systems aim to achieve improved resource use efficiency and minimized environmental footprint through a circular bioeconomy-based approach. Aquaponics is a hallmark of such circular food production. The image of a circular nutrient utilization efficiency in aquaponics is often weakened by the…

Research collaboration to research non-coding regulatory DNA

Annogen started a collaboration with a Tier 1 agri firm to test non-coding DNA fragments that are predicted to influence the expression of important crop traits. The results…

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Mushrooms can talk with each other

Fungi exhibit oscillations of extracellular electrical potential recorded via differential electrodes inserted into a substrate colonized by mycelium or directly into sporocarps. This study analyses the electrical activity of ghost fungi (Omphalotus nidiformis), Enoki fungi (Flammulina velutipes), split…

Protein could be used to encourage plant growth, improving biomass production and crop harvests

A collaborative research group has discovered the protein that inhibits the formation of organic nitrogen compounds in plants. This protein, if manipulated, could potentially be used to encourage plant growth, improving biomass production and crop harvests. Nitrogen is one of the building blocks of life.…

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US (PA): Mobile lab brings aquaponics to downtown Reading

Reading Science Center visitors had a unique opportunity to better understand environmental agriculture with the arrival of a Mobile Aquaponics Lab to downtown Reading Saturday. The “AquaJack” by Commonwealth Charter Academy is a 63’ long, 9’ wide mobile lab that includes fish, water, LED lights, plants,…

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Challenges and issues of planning and operating a succesful vertical farm

Vertical farming (VF) is a newer crop production practice that is attracting attention from all around the world. VF is defined as growing indoor crops on multiple layers, either on the same floor or on multiple stories. Most VF operations are located in urban environments, substantially reducing the…

NY high schoolers tackle food security issues at Cornell event

Forty-six high school students from 17 high schools across New York state came to the Cornell campus for discussions around innovative solutions to food security and climate change challenges. The event was hosted by the New York Youth Institute (NYYI), a World Food Prize program within the Department of…

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Effects of drought stress on the growth and heavy metal accumulation by hydroponic plants

This study aimed to investigate the effects of drought stress on cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn) accumulation in Chromolaena odorata grown in an artificially contaminated nutrient solution for 15 days. Polyethylene glycol (5% PEG) was used as a drought stressor. The presence of PEG did not affect the…

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System design and production practices of aquaponic stakeholders

Aquaponics is an agricultural practice incorporating aquaculture and hydroponic principles. This study assesses the current system design and production practices of the aquaponic industry, compares these metrics by stakeholder group, identifies trends, and provides recommendations for future…

Hands-on hydroponic farming taught in NYC high schools

Jarule Boapeah is one of 16 special-needs students at Q721 public high school in Elmhurst, Queens, learning all about hydroponic farming — right inside the classroom. "I love to see plants growing — I feel proud," the 12th grader said through a special communication device.  Jarule is non-verbal but his pride…

WUR G.O.: a journey of discovery into the food system of the future

To give visitors to the Wageningen Campus an impression of the likely food systems of the future, Wageningen University & Research has developed the interactive WUR G.O. tour. This journey of discovery includes finding solutions to the challenges that lie ahead. Visitors to the Wageningen Campus can…

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Hydroponics: A new horizon to green fodder production

The main aim of this work is to investigate to which extent the content of nutrients in water discharged from fish farms is sufficient for growing lettuce plants, in order to reduce the using of chemical fertilizers, save water, improve the plant and fish. To achieve that study the effect of different…

UK: Morecambe school children pilot innovative urban farm

Pupils from Year 3 at the school are currently the first in the UK to take part in the Grow@School project run by LetsLocalise, a social enterprise that aims to empower pupils across the UK.  They have joined forces with American award-winning educator and best-selling author Stephen Ritz, who founded the…

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Pathways to low‑cost aquaponic systems: defining success factors

The combined effects of anthropogenic and climate change factors have severely impacted the yield from the traditional food production system resulting in food insecurity and other socio-economic problems. The predominant food production systems have been reviewed as unsustainable and environmentally…

The potential of pulsed lighting reducing costs by 30% without affecting the growth

“Power is one of the highest costs of indoor farming since we lose the benefit of sunlight. While LEDs have reducing operating costs, I wanted to see if introducing pulses rather than continuous light would affect the plant,” says Jacinta Penn of New Zealand’s Verb Farm. Jacinta got her start in vertical…

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US (DE): University gets $300k grant to bolster vertical farm

Big plans are growing up, instead of out, at Delaware State University (DSU). The university recently received a $300,000 dollar grant to support its Vertical Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems project. DSU was one of 15 institutions selected to receive the grant from The Propel Center. “Our…

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Effects of nonthermal plasma on the hydroponic baby leaf lettuce

The aim of this research was to develop an effective protocol for the application of nonthermal plasma (NTP) technology to the hydroponic nutrient solution, and to investigate its effects on the growth and quality of baby leaf lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. acephala Alef.) grown in a hydroponic growing…

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Philippines: Technology assures Leyte lettuce growers of good harvest

A group of farmers here is reaping the benefits of modern farming using an intelligent green box, ensuring quality harvest of high-value crops regardless of the season. Through indoor farming, the 32-member La Granja Farmers and Agriventures Association has been harvesting at least 180 kilograms of fresh…

Indoor growing of sweet pepper, what are the options?

Within the project Fieldlab Vertical Farming, knowledge is generated about the application of indoor farming. After growing tomatoes in the Vertical Farm facilities at Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk last year, the team choose to cultivate sweet pepper in the…

The feasibility of growing the medicinal plant Euphorbia peplus in a vertical hydroponic container

Vertical farming is considered as a potential solution to increase yield while decreasing resource use and pesticide impacts compared to conventional agriculture. However, the profitability of cultivating ordinary leafy green crops with low market prices in vertical farming is debated. Researchers at…

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Fish welfare in aquaponics: effects of fertilizer on stress indicators in tilapia

The combination of hydroponics and aquaculture, or aquaponics, normally requires adding fertilizer to recirculated water to ensure optimal plant growth, but the effect of that fertilizer on fish welfare has not been studied in detail, especially for small urban and coupled aquaponic systems. In this…

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Using machine learning models to predict hydroponically grown lettuce yield

Prediction of crop yield is an essential task for maximizing the global food supply, particularly in developing countries. This study investigated lettuce yield prediction using four machine learning models, namely, support vector regressor, extreme gradient boosting, random forest, and deep neural…

Vici grant for WUR research on stress in plants

Wageningen scientist is awarded a prestigious Vici grant for his research on plants and how they deal with stress. The Vici grant for researcher Louis de Smet was previously announced. The Vici grant is awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Usually, all awarded grants are announced at the same time, but the absenteeism due to covid has caused the process to be delayed.

Poelman’s research focuses on plants and the uncertainty they experience in not knowing when and by what insects they may be attacked. In responding to and defending themselves from the current attacker, plants must also calculate the risk of attacks by future assailants. Poelman studies the evolution of this type of stress management in plants.

‘My team will unravel how wild plants align their defense strategy with the order in which insects attack’, Poelman says. ‘This is a significant stride in this field. We shift the current focus on defense against two assailants at most to studying how plants integrate possible attacks from dozens of different insects in their defensive strategy. By comparing related wild plants in how their defense strategy is aligned to the specific dynamics of the order in which insects attack, we can learn what properties make plants resilient against a variety of insect attacks. This knowledge is needed to make our crops resilient and resistant against pests within a sustainable agricultural system with reduced use of pesticides.’

Veni, vidi, Vici
The Vici grant is one of the largest personal science awards in the Netherlands and, with the Veni and Vidi grants, is part of the NWO talent program. The Vici grant is awarded to very experienced researchers who have demonstrated the ability to develop their own research path and can coach young researchers.

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Biostimulation with phycocyanin-rich Spirulina extract in hydroponic vertical farming

Vertical farming (VF) is a potential solution for producing high-quality, accessible, and climate-friendly nutrition for growing urban populations. However, to realize VF’s potential as a sustainable food source, innovative technologies are required to ensure that VF can be industrialized on a massive…

Economic-financial viability of hydroponic strawberry production projects in Brazil

The Federal District (DF) of Brazil stands out on the national scene as the seventh unit of the federation in the production of strawberries, with productivity above the national average. Most producers in DF grow in a traditional system, in the soil. In the last few years, the activity has suffered from…

India: Goverment of Udhampur organizes hydroponics workshop

A one-day skill-oriented workshop on hydroponics was organized by the Department of Botany and Science Club of Government Degree College Udhampur. At the outset, Prof. Seema Kotwal presented the welcome address and introduced the resource person to the participants. She deliberated upon the importance of…

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Potential of composted agricultural waste to control stem rot in tomato

Stem rot caused by Sclerotium rolfsii is one of the most devastating disease in tomato. An integrated management strategy implementing potential biotool is required to control this disease. Thus, five on-farm composts were evaluated for their ability to control tomato stem rot and to promote plant…

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Aquaponics production simulations using the decision-making tool

Aquaponics have related food and nutrition security benefit that are important for South Africa. The aim of this study was to apply aquaponics decision-making tool to provide potential aquaponics production data and information for South Africa. This study was designed as 2×3×3 factorial study giving 18…

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'Scents' of alarm: Volatile chemical signals from damaged plants warn neighbors about herbivore attacks

Animals often use highly specific signals to warn their herd about approaching predators. Surprisingly, similar behaviors are also observed among plants. Shedding more light on this phenomenon, Tokyo University of Science researchers have discovered one such mechanism. Using Arabidopsis thaliana as a…

€62 million euros invested to improve photosynthesis efficiency in crops

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and the Photosynthesis 2.0 Research Fund (P2RF) are to establish a new independent institute for research on photosynthesis. “A key objective is to learn how we might improve the efficiency of photosynthesis in food crops. That could contribute significantly to…

Investigating the performance of hydroponic nutrient solutions as potential draw solutions for fertilizer

This research project aims at investigating the performance of hydroponic nutrient solutions as draw solutions for desalination using the fertilizer drawn forward osmosis (FDFO) process. Six different lettuce and leafy greens hydroponic nutrient stock solutions were prepared according to the literature…

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Do crops take up medicines from water?

The current use of regenerated water in agriculture has led to the emergence of new forms of pollutants, such as pharmaceutical compounds (PCs) which are not fully eliminated in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Therefore, if the effluents of such WWTPs are to be used for agricultural irrigation, the…

“Training a future generation with the skills the industry is asking for”

“We contribute to educating the competent workforce to enter the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry, which is especially important now, with the immense demand for skilled workforce,” said Murat Kacira, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center and a professor in the…

Australian research institute studies how to protect greenhouse crops against heat

From hydroponics to aeroponics, the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University (WSU) is trialing everything from new glass smartfilms to 'training' native stingless bees to pollinate glasshouse crops. While glasshouse production in Europe is largely about increasing heat into the glasshouse space, in…

Regional conditions shape the food–energy–land nexus of low-carbon indoor farming

Modern greenhouses and vertical farming projects promise increased food output per unit area relative to open-field farming. However, their high energy consumption calls for a low-carbon power supply such as solar photovoltaic and wind, which adds to cost and overall land footprint. This research uses…

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Automated aquaponics system to support sustainable development goals

The project's ultimate goal is to construct an automated aquaponics system that will aid in the implementation of sustainable development goals around the world. Aquaponics systems have received great interest in recent years because of their ability to minimise resource demand while also improving food…

Nitrogen in the air can be used as fertilizer

The air consists of about 78% nitrogen (N2). With electricity, this element can be converted to nitrate (NO3), and after treatment with clean water (H2O), mainly nitric acid (HNO3) is left. This element can be used as fertilizer in tomato cultivation, for example, according to a study by the Business…

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Regional conditions shape the food–energy–land nexus of low-carbon indoor farming

Modern greenhouses and vertical farming projects promise increased food output per unit area relative to open-field farming. However, their high energy consumption calls for a low-carbon power supply such as solar photovoltaic and wind, which adds to the cost and overall land footprint. This research…


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