Hydroponics

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Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach
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Dr. Fuhrman’s Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI)

ANDI Food Scores: Rating the Nutrient Density of Foods

The rankings provide clarity on the nutrient quality of the different foods and may aid in the selection of more nutrient-dense items within the powerhouse group. Foods within particular groups were studied; thus, other nutrient-dense items may have been overlooked. Because it was not possible to include phytochemical data in the calculation of nutrient density scores, the scores do not reflect all of the constituents that may confer health benefits.

Warranting study is the utility of approaches defining PFV based on the presence regardless of amount of nutrients and phytochemicals. Although nutrient density differences by powerhouse group were examined, a true validation of the classification scheme is needed. Future studies might identify healthful diets and examine correlations with PFV or look for correlations between intake of PFV and health outcomes 3.

This study is an important step toward defining PFV and quantifying nutrient density differences among them. On the basis of the qualifying nutrients, 41 PFV were identified. The included foods may aid in improving consumer understanding of PFV and the beneficial nutrients they provide. When a range of values was reported, the lowest value in the range was used as the weighting factor. The opinions expressed by authors contributing to this journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the U.

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Coconut coir is colonized with trichoderma fungi, which protects roots and stimulates root growth. It is extremely difficult to over-water coir due to its perfect air-to-water ratio; plant roots thrive in this environment. Coir has a high cation exchange, meaning it can store unused minerals to be released to the plant as and when it requires it. Coir is available in many forms; most common is coco peat, which has the appearance and texture of soil but contains no mineral content.

Parboiled rice husks PBH are an agricultural byproduct that would otherwise have little use. They decay over time, and allow drainage, [32] and even retain less water than growstones. Perlite is a volcanic rock that has been superheated into very lightweight expanded glass pebbles.

It is used loose or in plastic sleeves immersed in the water. It is also used in potting soil mixes to decrease soil density.

Perlite has similar properties and uses to vermiculite but, in general, holds more air and less water and is buoyant.

Like perlite, vermiculite is a mineral that has been superheated until it has expanded into light pebbles. Vermiculite holds more water than perlite and has a natural "wicking" property that can draw water and nutrients in a passive hydroponic system. If too much water and not enough air surrounds the plants roots, it is possible to gradually lower the medium's water-retention capability by mixing in increasing quantities of perlite. Like perlite, pumice is a lightweight, mined volcanic rock that finds application in hydroponics.

Sand is cheap and easily available. However, it is heavy, does not hold water very well, and it must be sterilized between uses. The same type that is used in aquariums, though any small gravel can be used, provided it is washed first. Indeed, plants growing in a typical traditional gravel filter bed, with water circulated using electric powerhead pumps, are in effect being grown using gravel hydroponics. Gravel is inexpensive, easy to keep clean, drains well and will not become waterlogged.

However, it is also heavy, and, if the system does not provide continuous water, the plant roots may dry out. Wood fibre , produced from steam friction of wood, is a very efficient organic substrate for hydroponics. It has the advantage that it keeps its structure for a very long time. Wool from shearing sheep is a little-used yet promising renewable growing medium. Rock wool mineral wool is the most widely used medium in hydroponics. Rock wool is an inert substrate suitable for both run-to-waste and recirculating systems.

Rock wool is made from molten rock, basalt or 'slag' that is spun into bundles of single filament fibres, and bonded into a medium capable of capillary action, and is, in effect, protected from most common microbiological degradation. Rock wool is typically used only for the seedling stage, or with newly cut clones, but can remain with the plant base for its lifetime.

Rock wool has many advantages and some disadvantages. The latter being the possible skin irritancy mechanical whilst handling 1: Advantages include its proven efficiency and effectiveness as a commercial hydroponic substrate. Mineral wool products can be engineered to hold large quantities of water and air that aid root growth and nutrient uptake in hydroponics ; their fibrous nature also provides a good mechanical structure to hold the plant stable.

The naturally high pH of mineral wool makes them initially unsuitable to plant growth and requires "conditioning" to produce a wool with an appropriate, stable pH. Brick shards have similar properties to gravel. They have the added disadvantages of possibly altering the pH and requiring extra cleaning before reuse.

Polystyrene packing peanuts are inexpensive, readily available, and have excellent drainage. However, they can be too lightweight for some uses. They are used mainly in closed-tube systems. Note that non-biodegradable polystyrene peanuts must be used; biodegradable packing peanuts will decompose into a sludge.

Plants may absorb styrene and pass it to their consumers; this is a possible health risk. The formulation of hydroponic solutions is an application of plant nutrition , with nutrient deficiency symptoms mirroring those found in traditional soil based agriculture.

However, the underlying chemistry of hydroponic solutions can differ from soil chemistry in many significant ways. As in conventional agriculture, nutrients should be adjusted to satisfy Liebig's law of the minimum for each specific plant variety. Most nutrient solutions are mixed to have concentrations between 1, and 2, ppm. For essential nutrients, concentrations below these ranges often lead to nutrient deficiencies while exceeding these ranges can lead to nutrient toxicity.

Organic fertilizers can be used to supplement or entirely replace the inorganic compounds used in conventional hydroponic solutions. Nevertheless, if precautions are taken, organic fertilizers can be used successfully in hydroponics. Examples of suitable materials, with their average nutritional contents tabulated in terms of percent dried mass, are listed in the following table. Micronutrients can be sourced from organic fertilizers as well.

For example, composted pine bark is high in manganese and is sometimes used to fulfill that mineral requirement in hydroponic solutions. Gypsum , Calcite , and glauconite can also be added to satisfy a plant's nutritional needs. In addition to chelating agents , humic acids can be added to increase nutrient uptake. Managing nutrient concentrations and pH values within acceptable ranges is essential for successful hydroponic horticulture. Common tools used to manage hydroponic solutions include:.

Chemical equipment can also be used to perform accurate chemical analyses of nutrient solutions. Using chemical equipment for hydroponic solutions can be beneficial to growers of any background because nutrient solutions are often reusable. Although pre-mixed concentrated nutrient solutions are generally purchased from commercial nutrient manufacturers by hydroponic hobbyists and small commercial growers, several tools exist to help anyone prepare their own solutions without extensive knowledge about chemistry.

The free and open source tools HydroBuddy [39] and HydroCal [40] have been created by professional chemists to help any hydroponics grower prepare their own nutrient solutions.

The first program is available for Windows, Mac and Linux while the second one can be used through a simple JavaScript interface. Both programs allow for basic nutrient solution preparation although HydroBuddy provides added functionality to use and save custom substances, save formulations and predict electrical conductivity values. However, even when buying commercial products, multi-component fertilizers are popular. Often these products are bought as three part formulas which emphasize certain nutritional roles.

For example, solutions for vegetative growth i. The timing and application of these multi-part fertilizers should coincide with a plant's growth stage. For example, at the end of an annual plant 's life cycle , a plant should be restricted from high nitrogen fertilizers.

In most plants, nitrogen restriction inhibits vegetative growth and helps induce flowering. With pest problems reduced and nutrients constantly fed to the roots, productivity in hydroponics is high; however, growers can further increase yield by manipulating a plant's environment by constructing sophisticated growrooms.

To increase yield further, some sealed greenhouses inject CO 2 into their environment to help improve growth and plant fertility.

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