The Centre focuses on plant science to increase crop qualities and yields. The studies are aimed to:
- increase the understanding of the physiological needs of the plants leading to improved plant growth,
- seek metabolic pathways leading to enhanced flavours, and
- understand the mechanisms involved in disease / stress resistance
Urban Agriculture Technology (UAT) Lab houses state of the art facilities for growing plants on vertical growing systems using artificial lighting and hydroponic based farming. The facility has industry standard systems for Nutrient Film Technique (NFT), Deep Water Culture (DWC), vertical plane-Zipgrow towers and substrate technologies for farming. The plants are grown under various light modules allowing a choice of light spectra and intensities to optimise growth conditions. Automated logging of temperature, humidity and CO2 allow remote monitoring of the growing environment.
The lab supports the growth of green leafy vegetables such as pak choi, mustard, lettuce, kale, herbs, microgreens and soft fruits such as cherry tomatoes.
Coming your way in 2021, the new Integrated Urban Agriculture Hub will offer growing facilities for plants under controlled climate as well as in ambient temperatures using sunlight. It will support growing of fruiting plants such as tomatoes, melons, peppers and leafy greens.
It will also house container-based farming systems for mushroom cultivation and semi-automated growth of leafy greens and premium crops in controlled environment.
The grow facilities are supported by experimental labs for downstream studies such as:
- biochemical and molecular characterisations,
- microbial analysis,
- metabolites and nutrient analysis,
- plant tissue culture/micro propagation
- product development of farm produce
- sensory evaluation of vegetable and fruits
- product shelf life studies
Interested in working with us?
If you are keen to explore opportunities in agriculture research and innovation with us, please email Dr Ritu Bhalla