UPLB develops nutrients for aeroponics potatoes
The Institute of Plant Breeding of the University of the Philippines Los Baños is developing nutrients that would allow for cleaner and cheaper potatoes through aeroponics.
In a release, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development said UPLB said the nutrient formulations being developed are the result of a project it implemented with the university and the Department of Agriculture.
Aeroponics is the method of growing plants without soil. Since it requires a smaller space, it will need less inuts such as nutrients, water and chemical pesticides compared to conventional growing methods.
PCAARRD said the project targeted a yield of 40 mini tubers, five times more than in a conventional method. At present, the current productivity in UPLB is at 15 mini tubers. Benguet State University’s productivity is at 19 mini tubers while the DA’s region 10 Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex boasts of a yield of 37 mini tubers.