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Is it hot in here or is it just climate change?

02/25/2010 06:11:19 AM
Tom Karst

REPORTER: I didn’t hear you address the role of hydroponics and particularly if hydroponics can play a role in future commodity crops like wheat, corn, etcetera. Is there any movement in that direction since it’s a great water saver and land saver?

F: Actually the second to last slide was an integrated hydroponics, called aquaponics, hydroponics, fish aquaculture combined with raising of mostly vegetable crops. That was a slide from the Virgin Islands experimental station. And it’s done quite a lot in the Negave as well because this is very water conservative. One major technical issue to address, however, is the feed. At the moment, aquaculture feed for fish is often wild caught. How do we develop a feed that is part of the whole system? That’s a research topic.


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