The IGS research network
Driving innovation through collaborative research
What is the Research Network?
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We believe that for TCEA to be optimised, three things need to work together:
- Technology (hardware, software and data science)
- The plant science (pure science)
- The horticulture/agronomy (applied science)
All three parts of this triangulation are important individually and each impacts the other. We need scientific advances across all three areas to develop this young sector further.
IIGS wants to drive innovation in indoor growing by partnering with a small number of universities or academic institutions in different regions of the world. A jointly-funded IGS farm system will be established at each site so that academics can utilise the platform to carry out experiments and teaching, including research projects in collaboration with IGS and global partners from across the network.
Benefits to partners
IGS’ technology delivers a precision-controlled growing environment and has been proven across 4 continents on over 250 varieties from roots, fruits, tubers, trees, flowers, brassicas and leafy greens.
Priority themes for research include plant analysis, photobiology, and nutrition, including. studying ways to enhance nutritional density with an emphasis on produce freshness, flavour and quality
Access to world-leading TCEA system for research and teaching
Collaboration with other partner institutes in a global team
Setting research themes, sharing knowledge, student exchanges
Consistency of experimentation across multiple global locations
Collaboration with other agrifood industry partners in paid research across a range of sectors
Ability to attract research grants
What an ideal partner looks like
We are actively recruiting academic partners specialising in Crop Science and Agronomy from around the world.
We have agreements with an initial cohort of six partners and are in discussion with a number of other potential partners to complete our initial set.
Strong reputation in vertical farming technology, plant science or crop science
Motivation to join with us and make this concept work long-term
Availability of funding (either directly or via sponsorships)
Availability of a suitable location
Academics/staff available to manage the centre
Willingness to co-operate within the international network
Interested in becoming part of the research network?
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