Optimization of organic nutrient solution using ion and bacterial community monitoring for plant oil production

Organic nutrient use in hydroponic solution increases the sustainability of these systems by using waste. These solutions can be adequately reused if real-time nutrient concentration calculation is made with the use of electrodes. With the use of Ion Specific Electrodes (ISE), the relative absence or presence of an element can be calculated in real time. Theoretically, the use of these organic nutrient solutions could prove to be superior than inorganic solution for yield because of the microbiome. Through modulation of microbial communities in the plant root environment, discovery of beneficial microbes responsible for increased plant oil production is possible.

Vincent Desaulniers Brousseau
Faculty Supervisor: 
Mark Lefsrud
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