Sowing the seeds of onion farming's future

Sowing the seeds of onion farming's future
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An exciting new partnership between the University of Essex and major onion supplier Stourgarden will see researchers try to grow the vegetable outside traditional soil-based methods… inside a bright pink shipping container.

Professor Tracy Lawson, of Essex’s School of Life Sciences, will be aiming to use innovative techniques to grow onions and help Stourgarden explore ways to make the production process more environmentally friendly.

Stourgarden, based in Great Horkesley, is one of the UK’s leading onions growers and supplies produce to high-profile retailers, global restaurant chains and food manufacturers.

Professor Lawson will experiment with aeroponic growing methods to grow onions in a more sustainable way, which will see them grown in an air and mist environment.

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