HYDROPONICS: AN ALTERNATIVE TOOL FOR GROWING CROPS
Keywords:Hydroponics, Aeroponics, Nutrient film technique
Soil-based agriculture is facing some major challenges with the advent of civilization all over the world, such as decrease per capita land availability. Apart from this, due to rapid urbanization and industrialization as well as threats from climate change and its related adverse effect, the land cultivation is going to further facing challenging threats. Under such circumstances, in the near future it becomes intricate to feed the entire population using the production from soil field system. Hydroponics (soilless culture) techniques involve producing crops in nutrient solution with a sterile media to support the roots. Hydroponics growing uses mineral nutrient solutions to feed the plants in water, without soil. The nutrient solutions usually contain micronutrients, secondary and trace nutrients. Soilless culture is the fastest growing sector of agriculture, and it could be impetus to food production in the future.
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