Vertical Farming

Improving efficiency of crop production in vertical farming systems

Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the James Hutton Institute and Intelligent Growth Solutions.

Total controlled environment agriculture such as indoor and vertical farms represents a potential revolution in crop production and is attracting significant investment. IGS are developing a series of cutting edge technologies to collapse the cost of high density vertical farming.

APGC is working with IGS to identify optimal production parameters for a range of crops that maximise both biomass production and crop quality. This is knowledge is being utilised by IGS engineers in the optimisation of tower design.

Contact: Rob Hancock

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Influence of the microbiological environment on crop production in vertical farming systems

Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the James Hutton Institute and Intelligent Growth Solutions.

Total controlled environment agriculture offers an opportunity to control the microbiome within the growing environment.  This not only provides opportunities for the production of ready-to-eat crops that do not require expensive and potentially quality reducing sanitisation but also offers an opportunity to enhance the efficiency and quality of crop production through the introduction of beneficial microbial communities.

APGC is working with IGS to understand and evaluate how the microbial environment can be monitored and optimised with vertical growing systems.

Contact: Nicola Holden

Influence of the microbiological environment on crop production in vertical farming systems