In this new and emerging industry of indoor controlled environment agriculture, particularly vertical farming, there is much research to be done. Questions of sustainability, standardisation, systems optimisation, plant science & morphology, genomics and many more need to be addressed. Doing so will enable the industry to continue to grow. It will also allow the development of new technologies and processes, which will open further opportunities.
In addition, this expanding industry will require the training of a new generation of highly trained individuals, across a broad range of subject areas. Universities and specialist colleges, recognising the importance of hydroponic technology in ensuring the future of food security, are trying to reinvigorate our society’s youth and get them interested in food production. Here’s why V-Farm is the perfect tools for learning and researching about crop science.
“We are delighted to be working with HydroGarden on this exciting and timely project. This is a great opportunity to investigate the energy and building integration issues associated with moving food production into our cities. We see this as part of a potential solution for ensuring global food security in a world with an expanding population and increased pressure on land use and resources.”
Professor Mark Gillott - University of Nottingham
“V-Farm is an excellent system for demonstrating current state-of-the-art innovation in hydroponics. We have searched for demonstrator and research systems and V-Farm is, in our opinion, the best, most cost-effective solution available. In addition to our research use, our V-Farm will provide a great focal point at our engagement events.”
Dr Iain Young - The Institute of Integrative Biology and Institute of Risk and Uncertainty, University of Liverpool
“This is a great hydroponic system for growing leafy vegetables under led light. It is a simple system, but is efficient for plant growth. The roots are constantly fed by the fresh nutrient solution, resulting in fast root growth, high yield and high quality crops.”
Prof Chungui Lu - Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Nottingham Trent University
“The HydroGarden V-Farm system was installed in the AgriTech Centre at Pershore College (part of Warwickshire Colleges Group) in 2017 and immediately demonstrated its flexibility and reliability in hydroponic plant research and in horticultural degree courses. I would highly recommend the system to other teaching and research organisations who require environments capable of growing a wide range of horticultural crops under controlled conditions to a high standard.”
Professor Roy Kennedy - Director of the Agritech Research Centre, Warwickshire Colleges Group