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Plants growing in a large greenhouseSustainable hydroponics

This application concerns 'hydroponics', or soil-less horticulture, which is used worldwide for the mass production of fresh fruit and vegetables. Hydroponic technologies offer a number of advantages over conventional soil-based growing, including increased crop yield and quality, faster growing times, easier pest/disease control with significantly reduced consumption of pesticides.

Despite these clear advantages, a number of challenges remain, especially issues of sustainability and the efficient use of natural resources including water, nutrients and energy. Furthermore, despite its widespread commercial use, there is a lack of awareness of the technology amongst the public.

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