Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Agricultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences
Dr. Christopher Gabler
Dr. Bradley Christoffersen
Dr. Hannah Penn
Combining hydroponics and vertical farming creates unique growing system that reduces the need for excessive water and land usage to grow more food. The main critique of this system is the high cost of setup, run and the potential drawbacks of shading on plant productivity. Five species were grown in three hydroponic designs known as horizontal, vertical and a-frame. The designs were compared in terms of productivity, space and energy. Results showed variability in plant productivity in the designs can be attributed to other factors other than light. Differences in species performance were seen in response to different factors. Horizontal design was the most cost and energy efficiency.
Edokpolo, Itohan A., "Comparing Outdoor Vertical Hydroponic Farming Systems and Conventional Hydroponic Farming Systems with a Focus on Efficiency" (2020). Theses and Dissertations - UTRGV. 652.