The Mighty Mites! Identify and manage red spider mite infestation

Mites are tiny insects that can attack your plants and hamper their growth and yield. One could easily confuse Red Spider mites with small spiders as these mites also spin protective webs. This silken web gives protection from predators; hence the common name as ‘spider’ mite. They go by the scientific name Tetranychus urticae. They belong to the family Read more about The Mighty Mites! Identify and manage red spider mite infestation[…]

From seed to feed in seven days. The cost dynamics of setting up a Hydroponic fodder unit.

In the first part of this series, we had established a case for setting up of small-scale Hydroponic Fodder units to meet the vast demand-supply gap for green fodder. In today’s article, we will share with you the results of our small experiment to grow Fodder using Hydroponics and indicative profitability analysis for such a Read more about From seed to feed in seven days. The cost dynamics of setting up a Hydroponic fodder unit.[…]

Autotoxicity in plants – mitigation through hydroponics?

Plants release chemicals to their environment on an ongoing basis. Some chemicals have a positive effect and aid in plant growth. Others chemicals could have a negative effect. Autotoxicity is the phenomenon where a plant releases chemicals (called allelochemicals) that have a negative effect on the surrounding plants. The plant releases the allelochemicals as a defense Read more about Autotoxicity in plants – mitigation through hydroponics?[…]

From seed to feed in seven days. The need for a Hydroponic fodder unit.

India is the world’s largest producer of milk. We account for around 17% of all the milk produced in the World. However, the demand for milk is rising faster than production growth. If both demand and supply continue to grow at the current rate, India will become a net importer of milk by 2021.   Read more about From seed to feed in seven days. The need for a Hydroponic fodder unit.[…]

Growing Amaranth using Hydroponics

We have been growing many leafy vegetables in our research center including mint, kale, coriander/cilantro which we discussed in an earlier blog. Today we discuss one of my favorites – Amaranth (singular Amaranthus). Available in shades of green, red or a mix of both – it a very useful and simple ingredient with manifold benefits. Amaranth Read more about Growing Amaranth using Hydroponics[…]