Log In

 
Company : AURAK 
Monday, December 5, 2016 4:51PM IST (11:21AM GMT)
 
(BW)(AURAK)
AURAK Students Successfully Implement Vertical Farming
Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Students at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) have successfully implemented vertical farming for the first time within the context of the harsh climate of the United Arab Emirates.

 

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161204005004/en/

 
Najath Abdulkareem (L) and Nada Anwar (R) display the herbs they have successfully grown at home usi ...

Najath Abdulkareem (L) and Nada Anwar (R) display the herbs they have successfully grown at home using the vertical farming system (Photo: ME NewsWire)

The project, which was prepared by two junior biotechnology students, Najath Abdulkareem and Nada Anwar, was one of several submitted by the university as part of the UAE’s second annual Innovation Week, an initiative mandated by the prime minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 

Dr. Abdul Gafoor Puthiyaveetil, chair of the university’s biotechnology program, supervised the two students. Discussing the significance of the research, Dr. Abdul Gafoor stated, “With the rapidly increasing population of the planet, we expect the earth’s population to reach 8.5 billion by 2050. Food production is more important than ever. The students have adapted the idea of vertical farming as an innovative method of dealing with this ever-increasing demand.”

 

Vertical farming allows plants to be grown indoors, using a tiered platform, with a combination of sunlight and LED lights. Dr. Abdul Gafoor was quick to list off the advantages of such a system, explaining, “As all the growth takes place indoors, this strategy of self-sustainability does not require the use of herbicides and pesticides, effectively making this a source of healthier food for individual homes.”

 

Demonstrating their project during the innovation exhibition at Ras Al Khaimah’s Exhibition Center, Najath and Nada showed how the tiered platform minimizes the space required to grow herbs and vegetables, while maximizing efficient water-use; once the top layer is watered, the water filters down to lower levels. It was also pointed out that the controlled indoor environment led to quicker growth.

 

The students went on to emphasize the low-cost nature of the project, commenting, “We bought all of these plastic containers at our local supermarket. Then it is just a case of assembling the pieces and buying soil and seeds.”

 

Najath and Nada have successfully grown the likes of basil, parsley, rosemary and mint within their own homes. It is hoped that further research could lead to this system becoming popular among individual households, as well as being implemented for large-scale food production.

 

*Source: ME NewsWire

 

 
MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE :
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161204005004/en/

 
For News Release background on AURAK click here
 
Media Contact Details
CONTACTS : CONTACTS : American University of Ras Al Khaimah Eóin Brown, +9717-221-0900 Ext: 1325 Marketing and Public Relations Department eoin.brown@aurak.ac.ae
 
 
Submit your press release
More News from AURAK

13/05/2017 1:10PM

AURAK Signs MoU with University of Illinois

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Illinois, converting the U.S.-based university into its latest international partner.   This ...

01/05/2017 3:50PM

AURAK Hosts United Nations Workshop

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has hosted a workshop on campus in conjunction with The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).   This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full ...

10/04/2017 9:00AM

AURAK Signs MoU with OAIRO Alliance

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with OAIRO Alliance, a British company specializing in smart technology and sustainability.   This Smart News Release ...

Similar News

28/06/2017 12:20PM Image

The Supra Eco Homes, India's First Fully Solar Powered Real Estate Project, where even Elevators Work on Solar Power, Announced

Own a home that doesn't use wood for doors and windows. Uses minimum electricity, draws only solar power. Solar water heaters produce hot water. Solar power is the primary source of electricity for the apartment of 16 ...

No Image

27/06/2017 7:20PM

2017 EHL Student Business Projects: a Resounding Success

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is happy to announce that the 2017 Student Business Projects (SBP) have now officially come to a close, marking the last milestone in the curriculum of the senior students ...