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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
047062000 Nutrient recirculation system (e.g., hydroponic system) 55
047059000 Substrate or matrix, e.g., gel, artificial soil 43
047060000 Cultivating chamber 25
047064000 Porous support 8
047063000 Individual support 1
20130180171Systems and Methods for Harvesting and/or Analyzing Biological Samples - Systems for harvesting biological samples are provided that can include a first multi-well plate configured to support the growth of individual biological material within one or more of first wells of the first plate; and a second multi-well plate configured to couple with the first plate.07-18-2013
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20130036668WETTABLE, NON-LEACHABLE PEAT MOSS, METHOD OF PREPARATION, AND METHOD OF USE - A peat moss composition having improved water holding capacity, hydrophilicity, and/or anti-leaching properties comprising one or more polysaccharides, for example guars and/or guar derivatives, is disclosed. A method of preparing the peat moss composition and a method of using it are also disclosed.02-14-2013
20090056221HYBRID COMPOSITE HYDROPONIC SUBSTRATE SYSTEM - A porous glass plant growth support structure, including a porous glass substrate and a plurality of interconnected pores distributed throughout the substrate. The substrate is typically formed from foamed glass and/or fused glass spheres and is characterized by a porosity of at least about 80 percent. The pore size is substantially between about 0.2 and about 5 millimeters and the substrate is sufficiently chemically stable such that water filling the plurality of interconnected pores experiences a pH shift of less than 0.5.03-05-2009
20080276532RENEWABLY BUOYANT, SELF-PROTECTIVE FLOATING HABITAT - A floating habitat designed to be renewably buoyant, self-sustaining and optionally specialized for waterfowl nesting. The first embodiment comprises one or more flotation units, a source of compressed air, and a means for connecting the source of compressed air to the flotation units. Each flotation unit comprises an individual supply hose, an inflatable bladder, a relief valve, a diffusing manifold, bottom mesh, top mesh, and buoyant growth medium. An alternative embodiment comprises a self-compensating buoyancy system. In the waterfowl nesting embodiment, the floating habitat includes one or more waterfowl nesting structures and construction material selected to optimize the nesting habitat. The floating habitat can be comprised of scrap pieces or layers of polyester mesh material. The floating habitats can be combined to provide safe habitat for juvenile waterfowl, encourage colony nesting, or allow a variety of waterfowl or shore bird species to enjoy suitable habitat on the same floating habitat.11-13-2008
20090193715METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ROBOTIC OCEAN FARMING FOR FOOD AND ENERGY - A robotic ocean farm includes a plant support means such as a grid, with a submersible towing system incorporating means for navigation of the support grid in the open ocean, and means for positioning of the support grid in a first surfaced position for sunlight exposure of the plants and a second submerged position for nutrient gathering by the plants. The submersible towing system incorporates one or more tow boats connected to a forward periphery of the grid, each of the tow boats incorporating a propulsion system for navigation of the grid and maintaining lateral tension in the forward periphery of the grid. Additionally, one or more reaction boats are connected to an aft periphery of the grid. Each of the reaction boats incorporates a propulsion system for maintaining lateral tension in the aft periphery of the grid and reacting in concert with the tow boats to maintain longitudinal tension in the grid. A system for harvesting multiple independently operating farms incorporates a harvesting station which is placed or positions itself to meet the farms at predetermined locations during their voyage to harvest and replenish the plants carried on the farm grid. Base stations, separately or as a part of the harvesting station, communicate with the farms provide mutual support and informational exchange for optimized operation of the farms.08-06-2009
20110289840CARRIER FOR GROWING MACROALGAE IN A WATER VOLUME, AND AN ARRANGEMENT FOR SUSPENDING SUCH A CARRIER - Carrier for growing macroalgae, with an element provided for the growth of seeds deposited thereon, and having elements for suspension in a water volume. The carrier is a sheet provided with apertures allowing flow of water from one side to the other, the surface of the sheet having a structure which will retain spores and seeds. The invention is also directed to an arrangement for suspending such a carrier with a device connected to at least one part of an edge of the carrier. The device may be a platform submersed in the sea, to which the carrier is attached.12-01-2011
20100083573SYSTEM FOR GROWING PLANTS - The present invention relates to a device for covering a plant growing medium. The device is comprised of two parts which may be assembled and placed upon a plant growing medium or assembled over a plant growing medium and existing plant. The device includes a sheet, and aperture defined by the sheet and a chamber. The chamber is suspended below a first portion of the sheet and above the plant growing medium. Liquid is delivered to the chamber through at least one hole defined by the cover and the liquid is dispersed from the chamber to the plant growing medium. The chamber includes a baffle for diverting the liquid to provide even distribution of the liquid to the plant growing medium.04-08-2010
20080276533RENEWABLY BUOYANT, SELF-PROTECTIVE FLOATING HABITAT - A floating habitat designed to be renewably buoyant, self-sustaining and optionally specialized for waterfowl nesting. The first embodiment comprises one or more flotation units, a source of compressed air, and a means for connecting the source of compressed air to the flotation units. Each flotation unit comprises an individual supply hose, an inflatable bladder, a relief valve, a diffusing manifold, bottom mesh, top mesh, and buoyant growth medium. An alternative embodiment comprises a self-compensating buoyancy system. In the waterfowl nesting embodiment, the floating habitat includes one or more waterfowl nesting structures and construction material selected to optimize the nesting habitat. The floating habitat can be comprised of scrap pieces or layers of polyester mesh material. The floating habitats can be combined to provide safe habitat for juvenile waterfowl, encourage colony nesting, or allow a variety of waterfowl or shore bird species to enjoy suitable habitat on the same floating habitat.11-13-2008
20120066973METHOD FOR HYDROPONICALLY GROWING PLANTS THAT ARE ROOT-NURTURED - A method for hydroponically growing plants that are typically root-nurtured includes supplying a fluid to a main body with a top through a fill plug, maintaining the fluid at a pre-determined level in the main body with a top, an entrance end and an exit end by a drain pipe, feeding at least one plant with the fluid, the at least one plant disposed on the main body in a saddle with a top that has a strainer that is in contact with the pre-determined fluid level and returning the fluid to a reservoir from the main body. A second method for hydroponically growing plants that are typically root-nurtured includes supplying a fluid to a main body with a top through a dripper is also provided.03-22-2012
20110126455METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF INOCULUM OF MICROORGANISMS OPTIMIZED AS CATALYST FOR MULTIPLE PARALLEL MINERALIZATION - Provided is a method of producing an inoculum, which can drastically reduce a time to complete a reaction for mineralizing an organic material into nitrate nitrogen and can add a large amount of the organic material at one time in a multiple parallel mineralization for generating nitrate nitrogen as inorganic nutrients from the organic material, resulting in efficient generation of a high concentration of nitrate nitrogen and drastic reduction of the amount of a microorganism source added. The method of producing an inoculum comprises: placing water in a container that can store water therein, inoculating microorganisms capable of conducting a multiple parallel mineralization thereinto, and maintaining an environment that allows the multiple parallel mineralization to proceed in the water, thereby culturing the microorganisms capable of conducting a multiple parallel mineralization; forming a biofilm on a solid surface that contacts with the water and then collecting the biofilm; and utilizing the collected biofilm as an inoculum of the microorganisms optimized as a catalyst for the multiple parallel mineralization.06-02-2011
20100319252METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ROBOTIC OCEAN FARMING FOR FOOD AND ENERGY - A robotic ocean farm includes a plant support means such as a grid, with a submersible towing system incorporating means for navigation of the support grid in the open ocean, and means for positioning of the support grid in a first surfaced position for sunlight exposure of the plants and a second submerged position for nutrient gathering by the plants. The submersible towing system incorporates one or more tow boats connected to a forward periphery of the grid, each of the tow boats incorporating a propulsion system for navigation of the grid and maintaining lateral tension in the forward periphery of the grid. Additionally, one or more reaction boats are connected to an aft periphery of the grid. Each of the reaction boats incorporates a propulsion system for maintaining lateral tension in the aft periphery of the grid and reacting in concert with the tow boats to maintain longitudinal tension in the grid. A system for harvesting multiple independently operating farms incorporates a harvesting station which is placed or positions itself to meet the farms at predetermined locations during their voyage to harvest and replenish the plants carried on the farm grid. Base stations, separately or as a part of the harvesting station, communicate with the farms provide mutual support and informational exchange for optimized operation of the farms.12-23-2010
20110005132SUPER-ENHANCED, ADJUSTABLY BUOYANT FLOATING ISLAND - A floating island comprising one or more layers of nonwoven mesh material and optional buoyant nodules. The mesh material is optionally coated with a spray-on elastomer or inoculated with nutrients or microorganisms. The island can include buoyant growth medium, floats, buoyant blocks, a prefabricated seed blanket, a dunking feature, capillary tubes, wicking units and/or bell flotation units. A larger embodiment is comprised of nonwoven mesh material, buoyant nodules, supplemental flotation units, stepping pads and optional load distribution members. Other optional features include a stepping stone flotation assembly, a stepping stone/vertical buoyant member flotation assembly, and a floating log assembly. The buoyancy of the island can be adjusted with a rigid framework of horizontal members, vertical members that can be moved vertically within the island, and/or a framework of prefabricated flotation tubes and cross members. The present invention also covers a floating island with a boat docking location.01-13-2011
20110005133SUPER-ENHANCED, ADJUSTABLY BUOYANT FLOATING ISLAND - A floating island comprising one or more layers of nonwoven mesh material and optional buoyant nodules. The mesh material is optionally coated with a spray-on elastomer or inoculated with nutrients or microorganisms. The island can include buoyant growth medium, floats, buoyant blocks, a prefabricated seed blanket, a dunking feature, capillary tubes, wicking units and/or bell flotation units. A larger embodiment is comprised of nonwoven mesh material, buoyant nodules, supplemental flotation units, stepping pads and optional load distribution members. Other optional features include a stepping stone flotation assembly, a stepping stone/vertical buoyant member flotation assembly, and a floating log assembly. The buoyancy of the island can be adjusted with a rigid framework of horizontal members, vertical members that can be moved vertically within the island, and/or a framework of prefabricated flotation tubes and cross members. The present invention also covers a floating island with a boat docking location.01-13-2011
20110061295SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INTEGRATED PRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY, MATERIALS RESOURCES, AND NUTRIENT REGIMES - The present disclosure is directed to a system and method of sustainable economic development, such as development through an integrated production of renewable energy, material resources, and nutrient regimes. In some embodiments, the system utilizes resources extracted from renewable energy sources to assist in the capture of energy from other renewable energy sources. In some embodiments, the system utilizes energy from renewable energy sources to extract resources from other renewable energy sources.03-17-2011
20100236147APPARATUS FOR GROWING PLANTS - Method and apparatus for growing plants in a rotatable, horizontal, drum-like configuration, wherein plants grow inwards towards a centrally located light source, includes plant receiving hollow members each having a recessed slot facing the light source with a plurality of apertures at the base thereof for receiving plant holders and defining, with the outer walls of the hollow member, reservoirs on each side thereof for holding water when the plants are generally inverted.09-23-2010
20090217580SUPPORT FOR HOLDING FLOATING PLANT SPECIES CULTURES - The invention relates to a support for holding floating plant species cultures, said support being configured to be held by at least two independent supporting elements (09-03-2009
20120055086METHOD FOR CULTIVATING PLANTS AS WELL AS A FLOATING CARRIER - Method for the floating cultivation of a plant, in which, in a first stage of growth, the roots of the plant are kept at a distance from a water supply situated underneath the plant. The supply of moisture to the plant can be effected via the intermediate space between the float for the plant and the water supply and from the top side of the plant. As the plant develops further, the root system grows in the direction of the water supply and, in a second stage of growth, the vast majority of the water requirement is satisfied directly by the water supply. This is achieved by way of a panel which floats on the water supply and is provided with holes for accommodating the plant. This panel may be provided with recesses which are closed at their top sides and reduce the area of contact with the water and provide closed chambers.03-08-2012
20100050513Methods of growing aquatic flora - A method of growing rooted plants and non-rooted aquatic organisms in a pond. Rooted aquatic plants are planted spaced apart and non-rooted aquatic organisms, such as floating plants or algae, are grown in the space between the rooted plants.03-04-2010
20080302010Channeling for Hydroponic or Similar Cultivations - An improved channeling for hydroponic or similar cultivations, being of the type that is made up of a plurality of gutter shaped channelings that have a shape that is noticeably “U” shaped, said portions of channeling being connected to each other by means of some fixing means that are arranged at the ends of same, and are basically characterized by the fact that the fixing means have a coupling piece made of a semi-rigid mouldable plastic material made by injection with a shape that is appreciably “U” shaped that coincides with the profile of the portion of the channeling, there being an inner lateral wall and a second outer lateral wall on the outside of the first so that there is a groove between the two lateral walls which will be used for the insertion of the portion of channeling, there also being a perpendicular separation wall along the complete perimeter inside said groove, and comprising some means of fitting by pressure that overlaps the outer lateral wall of the coupling piece that are for the coupling of the lateral wall of the portion of the channeling in a fixed manner.12-11-2008
20120233918HYDROPONICS EQUIPMENT CLEANING METHOD - This invention is for a business method in which is disclosed a step by step procedure for quick, clean and efficient cleaning of hydroponics growing (“Flood”) trays. The method essentially comprises the use of a custom-fitted tray insert of a lightweight material designed to fit inside the much heavier-duty hydroponics growing tray. After the plants are grown, the lightweight insert tray is removed and discarded, thus saving the manual labor of cleaning and sanitizing the heavy-duty growing tray before the next use.09-20-2012
20120090235Apparatus for a Plant Growth Medium - An apparatus comprises a backing sheet comprising a pH neutral material. The backing sheet is configured for supporting at least one plant in a hydroponics system. A plurality of protrusions comprises a pH neutral material. The plurality of protrusions is joined to the backing sheet. The plurality of protrusions is configured for extending away from a surface of the backing sheet for supporting the roots of the at least one plant in which the at least one plant is supported in a growing position and damage to the at least one plant is mitigated during removal of the roots from the protrusions.04-19-2012
20130091767SYSTEM AND DEVICES FOR ASSISTING IN THE PLANTING AND GROWTH OF FLOATING MACROPHYTE PLANT SPECIES IN WATER PURIFICATION - A system and device for assisting in planting and growing floating macrophyte-type plant species in uses for the purification of water. The system comprises the use of three devices preferably formed from low-density plastic materials: a plane polygonal floating structure with elements for connecting to other floating structures, provided with at least one inner coupling bar connected to the contour of the floating structure or to another inner bar by a flexible arc; a plane cross-linked structure with elements for anchoring to the floating structure and at least one central circular housing; and a basket or cone consisting of a flexible plastic material and for receiving a macrophyte plant, a root cutting or rhizome with a troncoconical form.04-18-2013
20110296756Mini Space Farm-A Food Regenerative System in the Long-Term Space Mission - In the long-term space human living environment, the biological wastes from human, animals, and plants can be fully digested and recycled by rearing six kinds of recycling animals which will be nourishing feed stuff for feeding edible animals. These edible animals and their eggs combined with space plants will be various food for human. Water and nutrition left in the residues after rearing these recycling animals can be recycled and used to fertilize plants. All the animals and plants can be solidly reared in same cabin on the shelf with high densities in boxes, cages, trays and tanks which are all in minimum volume and weight. It is the basis for realizing mini space farm which provides a self-sufficient food regenerative system that enable humans to live and work in space independent of food supply from earth.12-08-2011
20130185998Methods for Growing Living Organisms - An apparatus for growing living organisms having at least one growing unit adapted to receive at least one living organism, a source of fluid, a conduit operably connecting the source of fluid and the growing unit in fluid supplying relation, and at least one system for supplying the requirements by which the living organism can grow in the growing unit.07-25-2013
20100005719FOAM HYDROPONIC MATERIAL AND PROCESS FOR MAKING THE SAME - A method of creating a hydroponic growing medium. The method includes retrieving polyurethane constituents and mixing the polyurethane constituents in a shear spray mix, creating a resultant foam. Thereafter the resultant foam is placed in a form to cure and a forced heated air is convected in a post-processing step, whereby the hot air convected upon the resultant foam causes additional cracks throughout cell walls within the resultant foam. These fissure cracks allow for a wicking action to occur in the foam, making the material suitable for a hydroponic growing medium.01-14-2010
20090307972Substrate for plants in an aquarium, terrarium and the like - A substrate for plants comprises at least two connected layers, one layer of which comprises a porous polyester material, and the other layer of which comprises another porous material. The water-retaining properties of this layer are better than those of the porous polyester material. The layer of porous polyester material may comprise polyester fibres, preferably polyester fibres which are entangled and/or arranged arbitrarily.12-17-2009
20130212943COMPRESSED COCONUT COIR PITH GRANULES AND METHODS FOR THE PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF - Compressed coconut coir pith granules having unique physical and horticultural characteristics are provided along with methods for producing such compressed products by subjecting coconut coir pith to compaction utilizing a roll compactor and subsequently granulating the compacted material.08-22-2013
20130160362APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GROWING ONE OR MORE PLANTS - The present invention relates to an apparatus for growing one or more plants, wherein the apparatus includes at least one first and one second chamber which are separated from each other by a first dividing wall, wherein the inner spaces of the first and the second chamber are connected by one or more connecting openings in the first dividing wall, and wherein the second chamber includes one or more exit openings which are arranged on a second dividing wall.06-27-2013
20130160363AQUAPONIC VERTICAL GARDEN WITH INTEGRATED AIR CHANNEL FOR PLANT-BASED AIR FILTRATION - Embodiments are described for a closed-loop, vertical garden system for growing plants and filtering air and water comprising: a support structure; a composite, grow media configured to physically support the growth of plants and distribute water to the roots of the plants through capillary action through the area of the grow media; a water source coupled to the grow media through a pump and plumbing system, wherein the plumbing system is configured to draw water from the water source through the grow media and back to the water source in substantially closed loop aquatic system; and an air flow subsystem configured to draw outside air through the plants and transmit filtered air back out of the support structure.06-27-2013
20110277384COMPRESSED COCONUT COIR PITH GRANULES AND METHODS FOR THE PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF - Compressed coconut coir pith granules having unique physical and horticultural characteristics are provided along with methods for producing such compressed products by subjecting coconut coir pith to compaction utilizing a roll compactor and subsequently granulating the compacted material.11-17-2011
20110289841HYDRATION MAINTENANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD - A material for maintaining hydration in plants, whether potted or in natural soils may include a substrate treated with a binder, securing a layer of hydrating particles thereto. Typical binders may include lignicite, or other naturally occurring materials such as sugars, molasses, corn syrup, gelatin, or the like. A byproduct of wood, lignicite has been found to be very effective. Various materials can serve as a hydrating, particulate coating. Polyacrylamide has been found to serve well and provide relief from the stress of dehydration that normally occurs in plants between waterings.12-01-2011
20100031569USE OF HERBACEOUS AQUATIC PLANTS AS SOILLESS CULTURE MEDIUM AND MEDIUM SO FORMED - The present invention relates to the use of dry and compacted aquatic grasses containing zosteric acid and/or zosterin, as a support for soil-less cultivation. It also relates to a support for cultivation consisting at least in part of such aquatic grasses.02-11-2010
20100101145HYDROPONIC SYSTEM - A hydroponic system comprising an upper panel adapted to carry plants to be grown in said hydroponic system, a lower panel arranged below said upper panel to form a space between said panels such as to allow for roots of said plants to extend through said upper panel into said space. Said panels each comprise a downwardly inclined panel surface, and a nutrient solution dispenser arranged such as to allow for distribution of a nutrient solution between said upper and lower panels. Said panel surfaces are of such a shape that at least three, preferably at least four, tangential planes to each said panel surfaces can be defined, none of said tangential planes of each panel surface being parallel or coincident.04-29-2010
20110197507PLANTING MEDIA FOR ROOFTOP GARDENS - A light weight plant growth medium for use in rooftop gardens or other above-ground planting installations where minimal weight is desirable comprises a mixture of crumb rubber and an organic material suitable for plant growth. A system for providing a rooftop with a garden comprises a plurality of containers containing such a growth medium, each said container being open at the top and having a flat bottom provided with drainage holes and water retention areas to maintain the nourishment and watering of plants in the growth medium.08-18-2011
20110167726METHOD OF GROWING PLANTS - A method of growing a fruit or vegetable crop comprises: positioning a plant in the form of a seed or a seedling or a cutting of the crop in a first coherent mineral wool growth substrate having a volume not more than 150 cm07-14-2011
20110197508NETWORK LAYER WITH BIODEGRADABLE SUBSTANCE - A network layer is provided. The network layer (08-18-2011
20110197509Plant Growth and Imaging Devices and Related Methods and Computer Program Products - A plant growth array device includes an aerial growth chamber configured to receive aerial shoot portions of a plurality of plants and a root growth chamber configured to receive root portions of the plurality of plants. A dividing member is between the aerial growth chamber and the root chamber and has a plurality of apertures for receiving the plurality of plants therein. The plurality of apertures are configured so that the root portions grow substantially in a common orientation.08-18-2011
20110099902METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PLANT SUBSTRATE AND PLANT SUBSTRATE - A plant substrate comprising primary polyurethane foam, manufactured by a method for manufacturing a plant substrate, wherein in a primary polyurethane forming process polyol and isocyanate are reacted with each other so that primary polyurethane foam is formed, wherein the primary formed polyurethane foam is deployed as plant substrate.05-05-2011
20110138690Silica Based Plant Growth Medium - A method and associated composition for growing plants is disclosed. The method includes the steps of mixing a gel precursor that is characterized by the ability to absorb water, form a viscous gel, provide water and nutrition to a plant, and remain capable of being reconstituted with a fresh supply of water, with a gel-forming nutrient composition in an amount sufficient to create a viscous gel, and adding a plant item selected from the group consisting of seeds and seedlings to the gel. An associated gel composition is disclosed that includes a gel precursor that is characterized by the ability to absorb water, form a viscous gel, provide water and nutrition to a plant, and remain capable of being reconstituted with a fresh supply of water, a plant nutrient composition, and a plant item selected from the group consisting of seeds and seedlings.06-16-2011
20100236149COMBINATION-CELL FOAM FLOATING ISLAND - A floating island comprising a combination-cell thermoplastic foam. In a preferred embodiment, the invention is a floating island comprising: an island body comprising at least a first portion that comprises a combination-cell thermoplastic foam and having a cavity; and a bedding material that is disposed in said cavity; wherein said combination-cell thermoplastic foam is buoyant in water and permeable to gas and water. In another embodiment, the invention is a floating island comprising: an island body comprising a first matrix layer, a second matrix layer and a third matrix layer; and a gas-trapping insert that is disposed between two of said layers.09-23-2010
20110126456METHOD FOR INCUBATING FRUITING BODIES OF ANTRODIA CINNAMOMEA - A method for incubating fruiting bodies of 06-02-2011
20110005134SUPER-ENHANCED, ADJUSTABLY BUOYANT FLOATING ISLAND - A floating island comprising one or more layers of nonwoven mesh material and optional buoyant nodules. The mesh material is optionally coated with a spray-on elastomer or inoculated with nutrients or microorganisms. The island can include buoyant growth medium, floats, buoyant blocks, a prefabricated seed blanket, a dunking feature, capillary tubes, wicking units and/or bell flotation units. A larger embodiment is comprised of nonwoven mesh material, buoyant nodules, supplemental flotation units, stepping pads and optional load distribution members. Other optional features include a stepping stone flotation assembly, a stepping stone/vertical buoyant member flotation assembly, and a floating log assembly. The buoyancy of the island can be adjusted with a rigid framework of horizontal members, vertical members that can be moved vertically within the island, and/or a framework of prefabricated flotation tubes and cross members. The present invention also covers a floating island with a boat docking location.01-13-2011
20100186298PLANT CULTIVATION SYSTEM - [Problems] To provide a system for producing safe and high nutrition vegetables at low cost.07-29-2010
20110126457METHOD FOR PRODUCING CARRIER ON WHICH MICROORGANISMS CAPABLE OF CONDUCTING MULTIPLE PARALLEL MINERALIZATION ARE IMMOBILIZED, COLUMN REACTOR AND SOLID MEDIUM FOR CULTIVATING PLANTS - An object of the present invention is to provide a method of efficiently producing nitrate nitrogen as inorganic nutrients from an organic material without performing any operation using constant electrical power such as aeration. Another object of the present invention is to provide a method of manufacturing a solid medium for cultivating a plant, which allows hydroponics to be performed through the direct addition of an organic fertilizer even in the case of performing hydroponics with solid medium cultivation. Provided is a method of manufacturing a carrier on which microorganisms capable of conducting a multiple parallel mineralization are immobilized, the method comprising: filling a container with a carrier having ventilation; adding thereto microorganisms that can conduct a multiple parallel mineralization by mineralization of an organic material to produce nitrate nitrogen; and subsequently adding an organic material and then leaving at rest until nitrate nitrogen starts to be produced in an effluent during washing the carrier through the addition of water to discharge the effluent from the carrier; thereby immobilizing the microorganisms capable of conducting a multiple parallel mineralization.06-02-2011
20100058661HYDROPONICS GROWING MEDIUM - A hydroponics growing medium comprising mineral fibres and an organic binder, the growing medium has a Weathered Interlaminar Strength of at least 4 kilopascals and a phenol content of less than or equal to 0.01% by weight.03-11-2010
20100064583Method and apparatus for propagation and growth of plants in a sterile synthetic medium - This invention relates generally to a synthetic medium for soilless propagation and growth of plants. More specifically, the synthetic medium components are formed in particular shapes and sizes of a polymer foam to optimize the several stages of plant propagation and growth. A method for utilizing these foam components is also disclosed for use in a standard glass house environment. Each step is optimized for a particular type of plant and its individual growth stage. The soilless medium preferred in this invention also allows for a dramatic reduction in scrap material disposal costs and problems as the preferred foam material reverts to powder form when compressed at up to an 80% volume reduction versus the foam state. These powders can be land-filled, recycled as soil additives or incinerated without environmental impact. Trays for handling foam material components and their lids prevent evaporation of moisture and are also reusable and the thermoplastic resins from which they are formed are also recyclable.03-18-2010
20110146151Growth device for crop and cladding or construction part manufactured therewith - The invention relates to a growth device for crop, provided with at least a casing and a core part, wherein the casing is substantially manufactured from mineral wool such as rock wool and surrounds the at least one core part at least partly, wherein the core part comprises a growth medium or is formed therefrom. The invention further relates to an assembly of at least two of such growth devices, a cladding or construction part comprising such growth device and a method for the manufacture of growth devices.06-23-2011
20100000152METHOD FOR PRODUCING BIOMINERAL-CONTAININ SUBSTANCE AND ORGANIC HYDROPONICS METHOD - The present invention aims at providing a method for producing a nutrient solution for plant culture utilizing an organic material and providing a method of hydroponic culture in which a plant can be cultured while directly adding the organic material to the nutrient solution. The present invention provides a method for producing a biomineral-containing substance comprising establishing a microbial ecosystem necessary for stable mineralization of organic material by adding the organic material to water gradually or at one time and fermenting the resulting mixture and a method of hydroponic culture comprising utilizing the biomineral-containing substance obtained according to the method as at least a part of the nutrient solution and culturing the plant while directly adding the organic material to the nutrient solution.01-07-2010
20110041402PLANT PROPAGATION TRANSFER METHOD - A plant propagation transfer method comprising the steps of segregating plantlets (02-24-2011
20080216404Plant Growth Module - A module of plant growth medium for use in horticulture (09-11-2008
20110107667Plant Wall and Modules For Growing Plants - A plant wall and module for growing plants is disclosed in which the plant wall and module provide for the controlled delivery of water and nutrients to plants located on the plant wall and module. The plant wall may include a matrix of modules, each module filled with an inert growing medium. The inert growing medium preferably includes openings in which plants are secured and from which plants can grow from the growing medium. An irrigation system delivers water and nutrients to each module and may be removed and replaced from the plant wall without removal of the irrigation system. In addition, a drainage channel, such as a rear drainage channel, is formed so that excess water may exit from the modules. Capillary breaks may also be provided within the growing medium of each module to aid in the distribution of water and nutrients throughout the growing medium.05-12-2011
20110179711METHOD OF GROWING PLANTS - The invention provides a method of growing plants in a mineral wool growth substrate, the method comprises providing at least one mineral wool growth substrate comprising binder and wetting agent, positioning one or more plants for growth in the growth substrate, characterised in that the wetting agent comprises ionic surfactant and there are plants grown in the growth substrate for a period of at least 3 weeks.07-28-2011
20120096767PLANT GROWTH MEDIUM - A general purpose plant growth medium incorporating shredded coastal redwood bark.04-26-2012
20120159847MEDIA, KITS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE MICROPROPAGATION OF MONOCOTYLEDONOUS PLANTS - Disclosed herein are media, systems and methods for achieving micropropagation of monocotyledonous plants.06-28-2012
20100050514PLANT SUBSTRATE BASED ON OPEN-CELLED MELAMINE/FORMALDEHYDE FOAM - A plant substrate consisting of 03-04-2010
20100281774Artificial soil and method for growing vegetation on sloped surface using the same - An artificial soil and a method for growing vegetation on a sloped surface using the same are disclosed. The artificial soil is produced by mixing peat or grass peat, paper chip or pulp chip, saw dust or bark, fermented animal waste or dried animal waste, and a microbe activator, frisol; and by adding clay or Silt(SILT) or granular to the mixture. The method comprises forming a vegetation base layer by applying the artificial soil to a sloped surface; waiting until the vegetation base layer has a crack by a shrinkage; and applying a seed mixture of artificial soil over the vegetation base layer, the seed mixture of artificial soil obtained by adding a myocardium catalyst, a microbe activator, a material binder, an evaporation prevention material, and grass seeds, weed seeds, and tree seeds to the artificial soil with water.11-11-2010
20120233919Reticulated Foam for use in Horticultural Applications - The reticulated foam for use in horticultural applications in the present invention is used to construct a filter to keep dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores, insects, pests, etc. out of enclosed plant growing areas i.e. (greenhouses, residential and commercial plant propagation areas) and enclosed growing areas where air exchange or filtration is necessary.09-20-2012
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