Principal Investigator: Jonathan N. Egilla, Ph.D.
Title of Research Project: “Sustainable small-scale hydroponic cropping of specialty
vegetables and herbs for limited resource growers in
Research Area: Horticulture /Plant Science
Project Location: G. W. Carver Research Farm,
Jefferson City, Missouri
1) Develop protocols for evaluating selected cultivars of leaf, fruit, and seed yielding
specialty vegetables, herbs and spices, and to determine factors affecting their
adaptation to sustainable hydroponic culture under controlled environment
agriculture (CEA) systems.
2) To assess the relative suitability of different mineral nutrient solution formulations for
the growth, development, yield and marketable quality of selected specialty
fruits vegetables, herbs and spices in both aggregate and liquid–culture hydroponic
3) To evaluate the effect of different aggregate media on growth, yield and marketable
quality of selected fruits vegetables, herbs and spices.
4) To develop nutrient management strategies for optimizing nutirient-use efficiency of fruits vegetables, herbs and spices, and to minimize nutrient losses through run-off from open-loop hydroponic systems.
Research findings from this project will enhance the development of sustainable hydroponic
production technologies for limited resource growers in
. This project will contribute to Missouri
the commercial development of many small-scale hydroponic industries in
and the Missouri Midweststates. The proposed objectives also meet the USDA-ARS’s specific goals of enhancing
economic opportunities for small-scale family farms, and improving the quality of life for rural
citizens and communities. This project will also enhance horticulture research capacity at
, and provide valuable experience to its students, technical staff, and limited Lincoln University
resource growers in
, through training, workshops and dissemination of research Missouri
Jonathan N. Egilla, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Horticulture & Principal Investigator
Cooperative Research Program
, Lincoln University 820 Chestnut St. . Jefferson City, MO 65101