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The use of soilless crops, together with climate control and biological control, allows to produce, with a view to environmental sustainability and food safety, products without the use of chemical pesticides (pesticide free) and with low or no microbial load: this allows us to respond to the ever increasing demand, from European and non-European markets, for ever healthier and safer food.

Soilless crops are increasingly developing: recent research has shown internationally that the sector has growth rates of over 20% per year until 2026 and the global vertical agricultural market is estimated to reach USD 9.9 billion by 2025 (in 2015 it was USD 1.2 billion).
Soilless crops are appreciated for:
  • the possibility of eliminating soil "fatigue" (in terms of salinity, pathogens and phytotoxins)
  • the possibility of extending the product offer period (seasonal adjustment)
  • higher product quality
  • better control of the environmental impact
  • higher production per occupied surface
In soilless crops, we can distinguish, substrate crops and hydroponic crops.
In hydroponic crops the root can be immersed in the water, FLOATING SYSTEM , or it can grow free in the air kept constantly wet with a "nebulization" at regular intervals, AEROPONIC .
Compared to the floating system , an aeroponics crop has the advantage of being less sensitive to the phenomena of radical hypoxia (in the case of roots immersed in water at temperatures above 25-30 ° C, hypoxia phenomena can easily develop, which lead to the death of cultivated plants) and lends itself better to very intensive cultivations, such as multi-storey crops (vertical farm) which require a remarkable lightness of the system.




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