The USDA-ARS has awarded ATI a $200,000 grant to be used for the Optimum Nutrient Management for Leafy Green Production in Hydroponic Systems project. The proposed research aims to address the existing production issues in hydroponic leafy greens via nutrient management. The project will be conducted using the Nutrient Film Technique in growth chambers and greenhouses at the cooperator's facilities. Two objectives were named in the proposal:
Objective 1: Investigate the influence on yield and quality of leafy lettuce growing under varied EC levels in response to high and moderate temperature and humidity variations.
Objective 2: Identify the influence on nutrient uptake and water use under varied EC levels in response to high and moderate temperature and humidity variations.
The grant was obtained from the USDA-ARS by Uttara Samarakoon Asst Prof, Coordinator, Greenhouse & Nursery Mgmt. at ATI to be used to help cover expenses associated with this project. Expenses include: salaries, materials/supplies, travel, and publication costs.
The Optimum Nutrient Management for Leafy Green Production in Hydroponic Systems project is set to begin on July 29, 2019 and extent through July 28, 2021.