Aeroponics Improves Vertical Farming’s Productivity And Sustainability
- Mar 05, 2021-
Recently, an interdisciplinary study combining biology and engineering conducted by the John Innes Center in the United Kingdom, the University of Bristol was published in the "New Phytologist" magazine.
This study sets out steps to accelerate the development of precision vertical agriculture and determines the strategic areas of future vertical agriculture research to support the use of aerosol culture systems to improve the productivity and sustainability of vertical agriculture.
This study believes that one of the driving forces of vertical farm technology innovation is to minimize operating costs while maximizing productivity, making investment in basic biological research play an important role.
In addition, in order to improve the efficiency of aerosol cultivation technology, dry fog is the key to the next generation of aerosol cultivation technology. In the end, the current general cost of vertical agriculture can be reduced by about 80%, and energy efficiency can be increased by as much as three times.
Dry fog can make plants get better nutrition and increase plant growth rate by up to 20%. In addition, since there are no nozzles that will not be clogged, compared with the vertical system that needs to be cleaned and maintained all the time, in the long run, dry mist aerosol culture requires less maintenance, is easier to use, and is convenient for centralized planting.
Since there is no growth medium, special attention must be paid to the temperature of the root area and the complex system that transports the dry mist to the root. In addition, the size of the droplets must be adjusted to meet the nutrient needs of certain crops.
Improving efficiency and reducing costs are crucial, and are the key to turning technology into urban agricultural mass market applications. The uniqueness of aerosol cultivation is that it covers a wider range of expertise than typical crop cultivation. It combines knowledge of engineering, aerosol science, plant biology, and horticulture to make controlled environment agriculture and aerosol cultivation truly Become a wonderful cross-border science.