Plant Breeding & Genetics

That offspring resemble each other is a fact that has been well known for ages. In the past, differences were attributed to superstition and supernatural powers. But scientist Gregor Mendel discovered in the 19th century that these differences can be explained, and can even be mathematically predicted. Genetics has always been the key point in plant breeding, but now breeders apply more scientific and calculating methods than ever before. WHAT ARE GENES? Genes are a blueprint, a kind of manual statement of what should happen in a given situation. They are made up of code, what we call the...

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Hydroponic News Items

Can you find the urban farm in that photo? It’s right there in the center. Just one of the interesting items that surfaced this week. Sometimes, there’s nothing newsworthy in the world of hydroponic growing, and other times we’re overrun with things worth noting. This is one of those times, that sticking to one thing just won’t float. 1…  Urban Farming Midwest Style If there’s one thing commonly found around the Midwest, it’s silos. Most are not over 200 feet tall, but at a major regional farmer’s cooperative facility, the structures are enormous, and have probably stood there for...

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India’s New Urban Farm Project

While still in planning stages, this exciting new urban farm community is more than just some ambition concept. The incredibly beautiful Hyperions garden towers will be built in Jaypee Sports City near Delhi and completed by 2020. It’s a residential development that features all kinds of ecological attributes and was designed with full sustainability in mind. Instead of the token little vegetable growing space tucked in somewhere, it’s largely agricultural – the grounds, vertical and rooftop gardens… organic, locavore, and green thumb nirvana in the heart of India’s first planned community. A high-rise agrihood surrounded by sports and active entertainment of every flavor....

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SOG & SCROG : Faster, Bigger Indoor Harvests

Sea of Green gardening, commonly referred to as SOG, is the method of cultivating on a small scale with a large number of plants. Packed closely together, they produce an even and uniform canopy layer of equal height, much like a well kept mowed lawn. There is also a similar and related acronym sometimes used synonymously with sea-of-green called “Screen of Green” – or SCROG. These both share the same principles. It is my objective to define and describe what sets SOG and SCROG gardening apart from other cultivation methods, detailing its many advantages, and few disadvantages. SOG was first popularized, by no accident, in...

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Cloud Farming Comes to Indoor Gardens

Foolproof indoor farming debuted at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. A plug and play smart hydroponic garden design that is fully automated, expandable, packed with high tech goodies, and comes in 3 different models to fit different growing needs. Word is that this brings professional farming in a controlled environment into the hands of anyone. It’s not a prototype. There’s no Kickstarter campaign. It’s already real, and shipping to the US is expected to begin sometime in February. It’s the OPCOM Interactive Cloud Farm system and comes with it’s own pre-programmed tablet running professional farming software. Sensors and a...

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