For further details see:
University of Essex webpage
Dr John Stamford
The overall objective of the project is to develop a soil-free cultivation system to grow densely sown crops (including lamb’s lettuce, spinach and rocket) by first developing, then upgrading early stage prototypes to efficient hydroponic growing systems.
The system will provide for an environmentally and economically viable cultivation, sustainable for producers and more aesthetically and hygienically acceptable to consumers. Technology transfer from the output of the project will allow for uptake of densely hydroponics for baby leaf salads at the manufacturer and grower level.
Using spectral signatures as a toolbox for determining crop health status