Second vertical growing unit installed at WUC

April 2021

Image for press release - Writtle University College Senior Lecturer in Crop Production, Dr Kambiz (Kami) Baghalian

Writtle University College (WUC) has welcomed the delivery of a second vertical growing unit.

The innovative equipment is part of an ongoing horticultural trial taking place in partnership leading UK plant propagation company, Plant Raisers Limited.

The new unit was installed by iGrowing Limited, for an EIRA-supported project investigating the benefits of DC-based LED lighting within a controlled growing environment.

The vertical, container-based growing systems could represent a break-through in food production by offering a sustainable alternative to the AC-based units.

Senior Lecturer in Crop Production, Dr Kambiz (Kami) Baghalian, said: "We are delighted to receive the delivery of a second unit and would like to thank our partners for their ongoing support. We will be working closely with EIRA, iGrowing and Plant Raisers to evaluate this trial's potential to make an impact within the agri-food sector."

The units are based on WUC's Lordship Campus, in convenient proximity to the University College's extensive research greenhouses. Trials will be undertaken by academic staff and postgraduate students, and monitor crops' success in controlled conditions.

For more information on horticulture courses, visit https://writtle.ac.uk/horticulture