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promise of hydroponic technologies a reality. We work collaboratively with you to create a deep understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by new emerging technologies and think creatively about how you can use these technologies to
improve business performance.
Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in a nutrient solution with or without a soilless substrate to provide physical support. The word hydroponics comes from the root words “hydro,” meaning water, and “ponos,” meaning labor, literally “working water.” The concept of hydroponics existed thousands of years ago, with the earliest examples of Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Floating Gardens of China. However, modern hydroponic systems did not thrive until the advent of the greenhouse and plastics industries. Since then, scientists have developed many hydroponic systems for various crops based on locally available resources. Currently used commercial hydroponic systems are the improved versions of these early systems.
Hydroponics is a type of horticulture and a subset of hydroculture which involves growing plants, usually crops, without soil, by using water-based mineral nutrient solutions in aqueous solvents. Terrestrial or aquatic plants may grow with their roots exposed to the nutritious liquid or in addition, the roots may be mechanically supported by an inert medium such as perlite, gravel, or other substrates.
Despite inert media, roots can cause changes of the rhizosphere pH and root exudates can affect rhizosphere biology and physiological balance of the nutrient solution by secondary metabolites. Transgenic plants grown hydroponically allow the release of pharmaceutical proteins as part of the root exudate into the hydroponic medium.
Smart farming refers to managing farms using modern Information and communication technologies to increase the quantity and quality of products while optimizing the human labor required.
Among the technologies available for present-day farmers are:
Sensors: soil, water, light, humidity, temperature management
Software: specialized software solutions that target specific farm types or applications agnostic IoT platforms
Connectivity: cellular, LoRa
Location: GPS, Satellite
Robotics: Autonomous tractors, processing facilities
Data analytics: standalone analytics solutions, data pipelines for downstream solutions
Armed with such tools, farmers can monitor field conditions and make strategic decisions for the whole farm or a single plant without even needing to step foot in the field.
The driving force of smart farming is IoT — connecting machines and sensors integrated on farms to make farming processes data-driven and automated.