Vertical farming: a summary of approaches to growing skywards

Beacham, A.M., Vickers, L.H. and Monaghan, J.M. (2019) Vertical farming: a summary of approaches to growing skywards. The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 94 (3). pp. 277-283.

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Pressure on agricultural land from a rising global population is necessitating the maximisation of food production per unit area of cultivation. Attention is increasingly turning to Vertical Farming (VF) approaches in an attempt to provide a greater crop yield per square meter of land. However, this term has been used to cover a broad range of approaches, from personal- or community-scale vegetable and herb growing to vast skyscrapers for commercial production of a wide range of crops. This article summarises the main categories of VF in order to help clarify this emerging but sometimes confusing area of agriculture and discusses how scientific investigation of the potential of VF is currently lacking and will be required to help determine its feasibility as a method to assist meaningfully in global food production.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Vertical farming, hydroponic, glasshouse, controlled environment, protected horticulture
Divisions: Crop and Environment Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 14:46
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2020 05:10

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