Improvement in cultivation of edible crops irrigated with seawater

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The Food Safety and Control Centre (CRESCA UPC) has worked with Aqua Maris in a project whose aim was to control and optimise a seawater irrigation system. In the first stage of the project, the design of the irrigation system was improved and a business plan was developed to exploit the results.

In the second stage, a proposal to optimise the experimental conditions was presented so that seawater could be used to irrigate edible plants. This was applied to the cultivation of chard, whose growing time was cut from 70 to 30-35 days.

The Aqua Maris Foundation is a non-profit organisation created in 2003 to research and disseminate the properties and applications of seawater. For several years, it has been focused on studying the possibility of using seawater as the sole source of irrigation in agriculture and gardening.

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